Candice Lanier – Farmer Martha Boneta’s series of unfortunate events began with a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls in Fauquier County, Virginia. Boneta was slapped with a fine for hosting a birthday party without a special events permit. Fauquier County also fined her for selling her farm produce without a special administrative permit. She was, however, in possession of a business license that allowed for those sales.
From this point, the story only get worse. According to Mark J. Fitzgibbons, writing for American Thinker, Martha lost her appeal before the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals. And then, without explanation, Fauquier County refused to renew her business license just days before her appeal hearing. Unfortunately, she has been forced to shut down the small farm store through which she sold an assortment of products including organic vegetables, fiber, and feather products from her farm animals. Martha owns over 160 farm animals, most of which were rescued.
Unable to sell the vegetables during this critical part of the harvest season, Martha decided to donate them to a local food bank before they spoiled.
Martha did have a business license which permitted her to operate a small farm store, but in 2011, Fauquier County added to the already long list of business strangling requirements for farmers, another permit called a “special administrative permit.”