Few of us know what we want to be when we grow up. As we grow and our world opens us up to all sorts of new and exciting possibilities, we start to explore our options and change our minds. But imagine knowing, from a very young age, exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life and still wanting the same thing when you grow up? And imagine working hard to realize that dream?
Martha Boneta joins us On The Commons this week. With a love for the land and a passion for growing plants and animals, Martha always knew she wanted to be a farmer. Her dream came true when she and her family bought Liberty Farms in Paris, Virginia. That is also when her problems began. Liberty Farms came with a conservation easement that was overseen by the Piedmont Environmental Council. The PEC is a tax funded 501C3 organization with the power to enforce the easement but. predictably, with no checks and balances, no oversight and with the ability to operate under cover of darkness. It will come as no surprise then that the PEC went a little over the top by bullying Martha and her family and violating her individual and property rights. Watch a video of one of these inspections.
Despite the abuse and the harassment, Martha was always smiling, upbeat and cheerful. She is the perfect role model for a property rights advocate. She stood her ground and never wavered from what she believed was right and because of the way she presented herself and the problems, Richmond listened to her and enacted legislation to protect family farms. She has stolen the hearts of farmers and rights advocates across the country. Martha has a web page in the making where you will find contact information for her. Tune in, you will be inspired by this amazing lady.