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Pass the Virginia Food Freedom Act

Local legislators could decide the future of local food in Virginia any day.  That's because they're preparing to discuss the Virginia Food Freedom Act, a new bill that would make it legal for Virginians like me to sell food grown on our family farm or prepared at home at local farmers markets, or even straight from our front door.

Right now, the laws in Virginia restrict what small farmers and home cooks can sell and even puts limits on how much we can sell. So I have to turn down my neighbors when they ask if they can buy Pesto I make from my own basil plants or my famous Pecan Crumb Topped Sweet Potato Pie.

Turning them down breaks my heart. If my husband and I were allowed to sell the food we grow on our farm to them, it would mean he could stay home and work on the farm year round rather than traveling for half the year to pay our bills. I also want my neighbors to have easy access to organic, local food they can trust.

I'm a family farmer and mother of five, and I helped write the bill that's sitting on Virginia legislators desks right now. I pushed to call it the Virginia Food Freedom Act because that's exactly what it will bring to countless families like mine: healthy local food, and financial freedom.

But it won't pass without your help. Please sign my petition now telling Virginia legislators to pass the Virginia Food Freedom Act,  HB 1290 and share it far and wide!

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Representative
    Alfonso Lopez
  • State Representative
    Margaret Ransone
  • Governor
    Robert Mcdonnell
  • State Representative
    Luke Torian
  • State Representative
    Matthew James
  • State Representative
    Mark Keam
  • State Representative
    James Edmunds
  • State Representative
    Tony Wilt
  • Chairman House Agriculture Subcommittee
    Danny Marshall
  • State House of Representatives- Virginia- 081
    Barry Knight
  • State Representative
    Charles Poindexter
  • State Representative
    Jackson Miller
  • State Representative
    Robert Orrock
  • State Representative
    Edward Scott
  • State Representative
    Robert Bloxom
  • State Representative
    Michael Webert
  • State Representative
    David Bulova
  • State Representative
    Thomas Wright
  • State Representative
    Robert Brink
  • State Representative
    R. Lee Ware
  • State Representative
    Kenneth Plum
  • State Representative
    C. Matthew Fariss
  • State House of Representatives-Virginia 03
    Will Morefield


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