Staunton, VA, July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Farmers, foodies, politicians and others dedicated to advancingfood freedom unite for a weekend festival in the scenic ShenandoahValley of Virginia on September 5-6, 2014. Organized by theFarm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), Food FreedomFest is a fun, educational gathering for anyone who appreciatesfreedom of choice in food and agriculture. The funds raised willhelp defend the rights of small farmers and artisan food producers,as well as consumers and buying clubs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Food SafetyModernization Act (FSMA), is trying to control all food regulationand poses a threat to the local food movement. The Septembergathering is a meeting of people who see the benefit of a directfarmer to consumer relationship. This is relevant to anyone whowants to make a living off the land and keep the government out oftheir kitchen.
Among those slated to speak are:
Farmer MarthaBoneta who was the driving force behind the landmark bill easinglocal and state regulatory controls over Virginiafarmers;
State SenatorFrank Niceley who has worked to improve the regulatory climate forsmall farms in Tennessee including successes in legalizing raw milkdistribution via herdshares, allowing cultivation of industrialhemp, and adopting the federal exemptions for on-farm poultryprocessing;
John Moody,FTCLDF Treasurer and the Kentucky buying club organizer whosuccessfully rallied his members to push back against a hostilehealth department action.
Earlier that evening, a “VIP Reception” with food rightscelebrities, including the Salatins, will be held at ZynodoaRestaurant, which serves local fare.
On Saturday, attendees will enjoy a “Deluxe Tour of PolyfaceFarm” conducted by Joel Salatin himself. This is a 2.5-hour haywagon tour of the sustainable, humane farming system which has wonSalatin worldwide acclaim. The event includes breakfast and lunch.After the tour, guests will feast on farm fresh foods under a bigtent with the Salatin family and crew and hear remarks aboutFTCLDF’s progress winning greater consumer access to farm fresh,sustainably raised foods.
“Our event shows how important the issue of food freedom is toeveryone across the political spectrum. From farmer to consumer topolitician, this issue affects everyone. It’s inspiring to seepeople find common ground and work in support of our farmers andfood freedom,” says Pete Kennedy, President of the Farm-to-ConsumerLegal Defense Fund.
Supporters of FTCLDF gather annually at Polyface to hear updateson farm freedom and food rights issues. Participants also celebratethe recent victories of the organization dedicated to preservingthe food rights of Americans.
What: Food Freedom Fest, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundAnnual FundRAISER
Date: September 5-6, 2014
Location: Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Downtown Staunton Virginiaand Polyface Farm, 43 Pure Meadows Lane, Swoope, VA 24479
Price $395, or $450 after August 22, VIP Reception upgrade$125.00