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Dutch
03-11-2012, 07:25 AM
the next American government war will be on what you are allowed to eat. Sit and take it like lemmings or unite against your government!

The evening was everything I had dreamed and hoped it would be. The weather was perfect, the farm was filled with friends and guests roaming around talking about organic, sustainable farming practices. Our guests were excited to spend an evening together. The food was prepared exquisitely. The long dinner table, under the direction of dear friends, was absolutely stunningly beautiful. The music was superb. The stars were bright and life was really good. And then, …for a few moments, it felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath us and my wonderful world came crashing down. As guests were mingling, finishing tours of the farm, and while the first course of the meal was being prepared and ready to be sent out, a Southern Nevada Health District employee came for an inspection.
http://www.adistinctiveworld.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Screen-Shot-2011-11-11-at-12.24.09-PM.pngCommunity Dinner at Quail Farm

Because this was a gathering of people invited to our farm for dinner, I had no idea that the Health Department would become involved. I received a phone call from them two days before the event informing me that because this was a “public event” (I would like to know what is the definition of “public” and “private”) we would be required to apply for a “special use permit.” If we did not do so immediately, we would be charged a ridiculous fine. Stunned, we immediately complied.
We were in the middle of our harvest day for our CSA shares, a very busy time for us, but Monte immediately left to comply with the demand and filled out the required paper work and paid for the fee. (Did I mention that we live in Overton, nowhere near a Health Department office?) Paper work now in order, he was informed that we would not actually be given the permit until an inspector came to check it all out. She came literally while our guests were arriving! In order to overcome any trouble with the Health Department of cooking on the premises, most of the food was prepared in a certified kitchen in Las Vegas; and to further remove any doubt, we rented a certified kitchen trailer to be here on the farm for the preparation of the meals.
The inspector, Mary Oaks, clearly not the one in charge of the inspection as she was constantly on the phone with her superior Susan somebody who was calling all the shots from who knows where.
We were told our food was unfit for consumption and demanded that we call off the event because:http://www.adistinctiveworld.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Screen-Shot-2011-11-11-at-2.38.10-PM-225x202.pngEH Specialist II Mary Oakes


Some of the prepared food packages did not have labels on them. (The code actually allows for this if it is to be consumed within 72 hours.)
Some of the meat was not USDA certified. (Did I mention that this was a farm to fork meal?)
Some of the food that was prepared in advance was not up to temperature at the time of inspection. (It was being prepared to be brought to proper temperature for serving when the inspection occurred.)
Even the vegetables prepared in advance had to be thrown out because they were cut and were then considered a “bio-hazard”.
We did not have receipts for our food. (Reminder! This food came from farms not from the supermarket! I have talked with several chefs who have said that in all their years cooking they have never been asked for receipts.)
At this time Monte, trying to reason with Susan to find a possible solution for the problem, suggested turning this event from a “public” event to a “private” event by allowing the guests to become part of our farm club, thus eliminating any jurisdiction or responsibility on their part. This idea infuriated Susan and threatened that if we did not comply the police would be called and personally escort our guests off the property. This is not the vision of the evening we had in mind! So regretfully, again we complied.
The only way to keep our guests on the property was to destroy the foodhttp://www.adistinctiveworld.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/BleachOnFood.pngBleach is poured on organic food

I can’t tell you how sick to my stomach I was watching that first dish of Mint Lamb Meatballs hit the bottom of the unsanitized trash can. Here we were with guests who had paid in advance and had come from long distances away anticipating a wonderful dining experience, waiting for dinner while we were behind the kitchen curtain throwing it away! I know of the hours and labor that went into the preparation of that food. We asked the inspector if we could save the food for a private family event that we were having the next day. (A personal family choice to use our own food.) We were denied and she was insulted that we would even consider endangering our families health. I assured her that I had complete faith and trust in Giovanni our chef and the food that was prepared, (obviously, or I wouldn’t be wanting to serve it to our guests).
http://www.adistinctiveworld.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Screen-Shot-2011-11-11-at-2.17.11-PM.pngFarm food is destroyed

I then asked if we couldn’t feed the food to our “public guests” or even to our private family, then at least let us feed it to our pigs. (I think it should be a criminal action to waste any resource of the land. Being dedicated to our organic farm, we are forever looking for good inputs into our compost and soil and good food that can be fed to our animals. The animals and compost pile always get our left over garden surplus and food. We truly are trying to be as sustainable as possible.) Again, a call to Susan and another negative response. Okay, so let me get this right. So the food that was raised here on our farm and selected and gathered from familiar local sources, cooked and prepared with skill and love was even unfit to feed to my pigs!?! Who gave them the right to tell me what I feed my animals? Not only were we denied the use of the food for any purpose, to ensure that it truly was unfit for feed of any kind we were again threatened with police action if we did not only throw the food in the trash, but then to add insult to injury, we were ordered to pour bleach on it.
http://www.adistinctiveworld.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Screen-Shot-2011-11-11-at-4.22.04-PM.pngFood Lined up to Be Destroyed by Health Department

Now the food is also unfit for compost as I would be negligent to allow any little critters to nibble on it while it was composting and ingest that bleach resulting in a horrible death. Literally hundreds of pounds of food was good for nothing but adding to our ever increasing land fill! At some point in all of this turmoil Monte reminded me that I had the emergency phone number for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) on our refrigerator. I put it there never really believing that I would ever have to use it. We became members of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund several years ago as a protection for us, but mostly to add support to other farmers battling against the oppressive legal actions taken against the small farmers trying to produce good wholesome food without government intrusion. The local, sustainable food battle is being waged all across America! May I mention that not one battle has been brought on because of any illness to the patrons of these farms! The battles are started by government officials swooping down on farms and farmers like SWAT teams confiscating not only the wholesome food items produced but even their farm equipment! Some of them actually wearing HAZMAT suits as if they were walking into a nuclear meltdown! I have personally listened to some of their heart wrenching stories and have continued to follow them through the FTCLDF’s updates.
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http://www.adistinctiveworld.net/?p=6091&fb_source=message

Paul Pless
03-11-2012, 07:52 AM
If this had happened in Alabama, certain health dept officials would have gotten hurt I believe. And you know what, rightfully so. . .

Wonder if the health dept would ever extend such 'raids' to church cakes sales, or barbecues or fish fries.

Paul Pless
03-11-2012, 08:12 AM
My Malarky Meter's clicking.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/donnwest/smilies/MBFMDetector2528black2529.jpg

Maybe. Okay even probable. But the story has garnered some great comments on other forums. I like these two for instance.


I feel almost as annoyed with the attendees as I do the health department. At some point, you need to stand up for yourself even if it means going to jail.
Hippies. Try that **** on some good ole boys.

:D

Phillip Allen
03-11-2012, 08:14 AM
that's an awful lot to just make up... does Donn say the whole thing is made up?

stevebaby
03-11-2012, 08:35 AM
I'm trying to find in the linked article where the SWAT team raided the farm/restaurant.
It appears that they didn't.
Their "guests" should more accurately be termed "paying customers".

Paul Pless
03-11-2012, 08:55 AM
Thanks Donn.

Ian McColgin
03-11-2012, 09:24 AM
Thank you Donn.

I have family in organic dairy, beef and baby food businessnes at all ends from raising to processing and I certainly know that many farm regs, like farm subsidy programs, were really developed for the profit of Monsanto and Ralston-Purina and Simplot. That fact does not make every back-to-the-land type a conscientious farmer producing safe produce. Too many have no clue as to how to control even basic problems like coliform. Too many let a combination of greed, laziness and ignorance lead them to selling sick animals or tainted meat. Too many farmers don't act on the reverence for land and life they spout.

In this case, what was blatantly a profit making effort to evade food service laws got combined with what turns out to be an incredibly false tale of the "raid." Anyone who is capeable of this level of deciet is not someone I'd trust to produce the food I eat. These people are playing the organic whurlitzer for their own money grubbing ends.

Paul Pless
03-11-2012, 09:29 AM
For even more fun, here's the "Country Store" at Laura and Monte's Quail Hollow Farm (http://www.quailhollowfarmcsa.com/26.html).

Is dude's name really Monte?


If I were a member, I know I'd be ordering a $22 rabbit from their "Rabbitry."

Alive? or dressed and ready for the pot?

Flying Orca
03-11-2012, 09:34 AM
I would only add that such tales enjoy their initial success because so many Americans are predisposed to believe the worst of their governments. One expects that sort of prejudice from the likes of Mark or Dutch, even Phillip, but it appears to be a more widespread phenomenon.

Paul Pless
03-11-2012, 09:48 AM
How 'bout some of those $6/doz. eggs? I can buy free range eggs just down the road for $1.50-$1.75/doz. or get them free from the neighbor I gave my chickens to when I started traveling again.

Doug

I've been wanting to get some chickens, but my neighbor has about thirty of them and every day on my walk down to get the mail she offers me more free eggs than we can use.

Gerarddm
03-11-2012, 10:52 AM
It pays, upon reading this kind of purported exposé', to always ask first, "what are the facts of the matter?"

Ian McColgin
03-11-2012, 11:29 AM
Gerarddm is right, especially when it's the aggrieved party that writes the piece. It's not impossible for victems of injustice to write objectivly, but others can portray themselves as blameless victems when there are other perspectives available.

Phillip Allen
03-11-2012, 11:47 AM
I would only add that such tales enjoy their initial success because so many Americans are predisposed to believe the worst of their governments. One expects that sort of prejudice from the likes of Mark or Dutch, even Phillip, but it appears to be a more widespread phenomenon.

gee thanks for the cheap shot...

Thanks (in earnest), Donn for the work... I wouldn't have any idea how to start to find that stuff. Our government can get high-handed as the seperation from bean counter to 'victim' widens... not as likely in smaller venues. It's one of the reasons I prefer the idea of smaller government. I can go to the town mayor's residence if I get put out enough and step on his grass :) (don't waste those trips though, leave trivial things out of it)

and, yes, people demanding responsible and responsive government may be just like Orca says... a rare phenomenon

Phillip Allen
03-11-2012, 11:48 AM
It pays, upon reading this kind of purported exposé', to always ask first, "what are the facts of the matter?"

I've certainly done that before and been yelled at by some here

Paul Pless
03-11-2012, 11:53 AM
I wouldn't have any idea how to start to find that stuff.

link (http://www.google.com/)

Flying Orca
03-11-2012, 01:15 PM
gee thanks for the cheap shot...

It's not a cheap shot, Phillip, it's a simple observation: when it comes to certain government actions, the chip on your shoulder predisposes you to believe the worst.

Dutch
03-11-2012, 01:23 PM
Assault on independent health accelerates as retailers charged with conspiracy, ‘mislabeling cheese’
CONSOLIDATED UPDATE: Multiple sources have confirmed the fact that all three individuals arrested– James Stewart, Victoria Bloch and Sharon Palmer– are being charged with ‘conspiracy’ related to the sell of unpasteurized raw milk products.
http://cotocrew.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/swat.jpgThis reportedly includes sections of the California Penal Code Section 182a. Additional charges may also be pending, including a charge of ‘mislabeling cheese’ for Sharon Palmer, was arrested during a raid of Healthy Family Farms (http://store.healthyfamilyfarms.net/market/catalog/). As video of the raid on Rawesome Foods (http://www.infowars.com/citizens-confront-police-over-organic-food-raid/) (also raided in 2010) demonstrates, Feds not only seized cash and raw milk supplies (much of which was also dumped out) but also mangos and other fresh, organic produce. Activists have planned a protest tomorrow (http://www.naturalnews.com/033223_Rawesome_Foods_public_protest.html) outside the L.A. County Courthouse to demand the release of the raw food retailers, each held on bonds reportedly exceeding $120,000



seeing is believing

another raid


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI1gvPmA_c8

Dutch
03-11-2012, 01:28 PM
and another


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5zPhhNUakc&feature=related

David G
03-11-2012, 01:36 PM
So Dutch offers up more 'evidence'. Given his track record for accuracy and veracity, I'm not even gonna bother digging into it. Given his proclivity for 'malarkey' it likely isn't worth the effort. What it does probably show is his willingness to doubled-down on disinformation, and the fact that he remains (at least for the moment) beyond hope and redemption. Maybe that'll change someday <sigh>

Dutch
03-11-2012, 01:37 PM
Police around here are always "armed," even when they're getting kittens out of trees.

Danged jack-booted thugs!

glad youre down with it

:)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pjXKCKyP44

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=canton+police+officer+kill&amp;view=detail&amp;mi d=EE5EEA3E50620FB8C33BEE5EEA3E50620FB8C33B&amp;first=0 &amp;FORM=LKVR

Phillip Allen
03-11-2012, 04:28 PM
It's not a cheap shot, Phillip, it's a simple observation: when it comes to certain government actions, the chip on your shoulder predisposes you to believe the worst.

how did my post confirm to you that I believed the worst?

Flying Orca
03-11-2012, 05:38 PM
how did my post confirm to you that I believed the worst?

I don't think I said that it did, Phillip - mine was a cumulative observation, not a response to your post here.

Phillip Allen
03-11-2012, 06:01 PM
I don't think I said that it did, Phillip - mine was a cumulative observation, not a response to your post here.

does that mean I get to do that too?

Flying Orca
03-11-2012, 06:06 PM
does that mean I get to do that too?

Long as you have an internet connection. ;)

Chris Coose
03-11-2012, 06:20 PM
Notice that every cop in the Dutch Vids is white?