Sunday, April 8, 2012

Cold Antler Farm Joined!

13 Comments:

Blogger Girl With A Hoe said...

Do you have a link to this?

April 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Sara D said...

Very smart decision Jenna! That group is so wonderful and excellent insurance for the small farmer.

April 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

farmtoconsumer.org!

It's the food NRA!

April 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Girl With A Hoe said...

WOW! I see it's not legal to sell raw milk in NC. To people that is, I can sell it for pet food.

It's also against the law for restaurants to sell rare burgers. I prefer my burgers so well done they are crispy but I still want the freedom to make my own choice.

ATM I have no need/reason to join but I will be glad to donate. For others who may be interested in donating:

https://www.farmtoconsumer.net/donation_form_foundation.asp

Thanks for the heads up!

April 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger kate said...

It's a good idea for you Jenna. I held back mentioning it, because you were so inspired.....

But you will probably find that many of your workshops for a fee (not free) that involve food prep likely run afoul of some laws in NY. You become a commercial kitchen when you do that, and in NY, those are regulated and inspected with hefty fines. I doubt you can have dogs in your kitchen, for example. But check into it yourself.

The laws exist for public safety. Not everyone is going to be as careful as you. I think the fact you charge makes it different to the state.

April 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

As Joel Salatin says" When the Gov gets between my lips and my throat, I consider that an invasion of provacy"

April 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I am looking into it Kate, and will follow codes to the letter, even if it means hiring a caterer and serving bottled water at my farm. But I am still fighting back. There's a difference between restaraunts, corporations, packing plants and sustainable farms. I will fight for cottage laws in my state, and to stop this ridiculous regulations for guests at my farm.

April 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Girl With A Hoe said...

I will fight for cottage laws in my state, and to stop this ridiculous regulations for guests at my farm.
I agree with you and want to be a part of the fight. The people around me do not fight for their freedoms and it is so refreshing and energizing to be around someone who does.

April 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Read "Everything I want to do is Illegal!" by Joel Salatin Girl with a Hoe. Join the FTCLDF, or donate to it, or just read about the fight to keep the government out of our kitchens.

If you think I am being ridiculous, here's a fun example: In West Virginia you can own a dairy goat. You can milk it, drink it, and serve it in a glass at a kitchen table to your family or friends. But soon as someone walks out of your house with a container of milk: you could be sued and lose your farm.

It is however legal to fill our grocery store hamburgers with 15% pink slime filler (that was only legal in dog food pre 2001).

FIGHT!

April 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Girl With A Hoe said...

No I don't think you are ridiculous. We operate a small business, not farming, and we have to deal with excessive regulations that seem to truly be in place to give the government a way to charge us more taxes/fees. These regulations do not protect consumers or improve the quality of what's regulated.

I have the FTCLDF and NRA on my list of what's next for me to spend my money on. Right now I'm reading another book I just received in the mail from Amazon. You may have heard of it, Homemade From Scratch.

April 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

What a great idea! NY is such a heavily regulated state, it never hurts to C.Y.A. :)

We aren't a farm yet, and KY isn't nearly as regulated as NY, but this has got me thinking about laws regarding giving eggs and produce to neighbors. FTCLDF might even be an option for us at some point. I'll definitely be looking into it, along with picking up a copy of Joel's book.

April 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna, NY is full of small businesses and it is teeming with people. The state hasn't figured out a fair way to distinguish among the intentions of small businesses and balance the protection of millions of people. I am not defending the state. Never. But you have an uphill battle on your hands.

FYI, Senator Gillibrand is a big supporter of farmers. She does not have much to do with state law -- but federal -- but her office can probably direct you to some great resources for change and some possible ways to argue your farm should be an exception. Info like that.

April 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna, NY is full of small businesses and it is teeming with people. The state hasn't figured out a fair way to distinguish among the intentions of small businesses and balance the protection of millions of people. I am not defending the state. Never. But you have an uphill battle on your hands.

FYI, Senator Gillibrand is a big supporter of farmers. She does not have much to do with state law -- but federal -- but her office can probably direct you to some great resources for change and some possible ways to argue your farm should be an exception. Info like that.

April 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM  

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