Poster Hershberger TrialFarm Food Freedom Coalition

Location: Sauk County Courthouse Baraboo WI

Date: Monday, May 20, 2013 – 9:00am to Friday, May 24, 2013 – 4:00pm

Wisconsin farmer, Vernon Hershberger is facing criminal charges for feeding his community.  Vernon supplies wholesome food to a private food club of 200 members.  The outcome of his trial will set precedent for all food clubs around the country! If Vernon is found guilty, not only could he go to prison for more than a year, we will see criminal charges, or the threat of criminal charges, used to shut down buying clubs around the country and limit the food choices of peaceful Americans!

While Vernon is on trial in the courtroom, raw milk is on trial in the court of public opinion.  Join us for a “Grow Your Food Freedom” meeting and networking event happening in conjunction with the trial.  Notable speakers/activists from around the country will be sharing their knowledge at this community event.  There will be movie screenings in the evenings.  The Grow Your Food Freedom event will be at the Al Ringling Theater across the street from the courthouse.  (schedule below) Local/real foods lunches and dinners will be available to purchase.  Please join us!  Sponsored by the Farm Food Freedom Coalition

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Please attend Court in support of Vernon Hershberger!

May 20-24 2013

Sauk County courthouse


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9 Responses to “Vernon Hershberger Real Food Trial”

  1. Amy Salberg says:

    Hi. Laurie Jo. I’m not sure why you are having difficulty, but I have a few suggestions. In addition to a Google search for “Vernon Hershberger” under “news,” you will find a ton of information at the following facebook pages and blogs from people who were actually there (including me):

    My fb page is: (the blog itself is I was one of the defense counsel, so was in court all day, every day, and posted when I could. I also posted today regarding the holding order, which is something I’ve heard a lot of questions about. (David Gumpert’s page, with expert analysis from each day of trial) – Liz Reitzig of the Farm Food Freedom Coalition was there the whole week, and posted regular updates on her page. (Derrick Freeman was tweeting from trial most of the time it was in session) is the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund page. Legal defense for Vernon was provided through this non-profit organization and it posted updates on its blog and facebook page ( ). Donations greatly appreciated!

    Warm regards,


  2. Laurie Jo says:

    Seems to be a news block on this case. Even on their website with the “after court updates” which are impossible to hear, that is the only place I can find anything on this case. in otherwords why are we left in the dark on what has happened in court this week???
    I love raw milk and farmers who produce it!

  3. Amy Salberg says:

    Thanks so much for the support! As a member of Vernon’s legal defense team, I can’t say much more than that here, but I definitely hope to meet some of you next week, perhaps before or after a day of testimony. When trial is in session, I’ll be in the courtroom doing my small part to help defend Vernon.

    Warmest regards, Amy Salberg, Esq.

  4. Carl Collicott says:

    Wisconsin is a foreign country?
    The assault on Americans and their right can be attributed to a unfamiliar policy referred to as the Federal Conformity Clause. In essence, the system is designed to facilitate defacto government encroachment in the several states.
    Case in point, Congress created the Food for Peace program, (7 U.S.C. 1691 et seq),an international agreement, administered through the Department of Interior,(Agriculture) (Commodity Credit Corporation), hats are changed, according to the background.
    One of the pertinent provisions of the Act, is that it’s not be exercised in the several states. With that as a background, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer authority, amended per Public Law 111-8 reproduced below, is limited to the Food for Peace Act.

    “jurisdiction once challenged cannot be presumed” numerous court decisions.

    § 1701. Economic assistance and food security
    (a) In general
    The President shall establish a program under this subchapter to provide for the sale of agricultural
    commodities to developing countries and private entities for dollars on credit terms, or for local
    currencies (including for local currencies on credit terms) for use under this subchapter. Such program
    shall be implemented by the Secretary.
    (b) General authority
    To carry out the policies and accomplish the objectives described in section 1691 of this title, the
    Secretary may negotiate and execute agreements with developing countries and private entities to
    finance the sale and exportation of agricultural commodities to such countries and entities.

    2009 Amendments


    [[Page 123 STAT. 524]]

    Public Law 111-8
    111th Congress
    Sec. 718. None of the funds made available in fiscal year 2009 or
    preceding fiscal years for programs authorized under the Food for Peace
    Act (7 U.S.C. 1691 et seq.) in excess of $20,000,000 shall be used to
    reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation for the release of eligible
    commodities under section 302(f)(2)(A) of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian
    Trust Act (7 U.S.C. 1736f-1): Provided, That any such funds made
    available to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation shall only be
    used pursuant to section 302(b)(2)(B)(i) of the Bill Emerson
    Humanitarian Trust Act.

    Sec. 732. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, there is
    hereby appropriated:
    (1) $1,877,000 of which $1,408,000 shall be for a grant to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and $469,000 shall be for a grant to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Foods, and Markets, as authorized by section 6402 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 1621 note);

  5. Tom Stoker says:

    I’ll bet the spirit of my deceased father is following this, lol… back in the ’50s and ’60s, when I was a kid, my dad kick-started his dream of having a small dairy. We had 10 acres on the outskirts of a small city and began to milk (by hand) about 10 Jersey cows, handling the milk, the cows, and the customers according to highest standards. Cow’s health was tested regularly, as was the milk, which the customers loved to get in their own wide-mouth gallon glass jars, as they could skim off the luscious cream which rose to the top naturally, and make butter too. When local judicial action was taken to shut this little immaculate dairy down my dad and his loyal customers struggled for years to maintain their freedom of choice in this matter, costing huge amounts of time, effort, and money, which was an early lesson to me as a kid how ridiculously UNfree the USA really is—and the sham continues—may “the FORCE” be with Vernon and supporters!

  6. Click the link at the bottom, James ;)

  7. james says:

    How about printing the whole story or at the very least post a link to the original story with the full details of the case.

  8. Don Cordell says:

    Just this week May 1-7 2013 the EU is planning a law that takes total control on seeds for any plants, to only government approved seeds. Possession of any heritage seeds will be criminal. Already in other places in America, home gardeners have been fined for sharing vegetables with neighbors. In Salt Lake City, UT you must get a permit to grow any food items in your yard. Wake up America, and realize, Monsanto, Nestle and other corporations plan to control all food growing, and it will be illegal for you to grow any food yourself. Just Google my name, and you will see my plans to Restore not Change America. We must stop this Dictator takeover of the worlds New World Order. NOW It’s time to Pray, and save our nation, and the world from the coming death of Freedom.