Submitted by Kimberly Hartke

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Wisconsin Claims Bail Violations – Could Arrest Peaceful Farmer

Supporters Stand with Farmer

February 29, 2012–Baraboo, WI – Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger, who has a court hearing March 2 in Baraboo, expects and is prepared for arrest.  The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has charged Hershberger with four criminal misdemeanors that could land him in prison for three years with fines of over $10,000. The chargers are all related to Hershberger supplying a private buying club with fresh milk and other farm products.

DATCP charged Hershberger with, among other things, operating a retail food establishment without a license.  Hershberger repeatedly denies this, citing that he provides foods only to paid members in a private buying club and is not subject to state food regulations. Currently out on bail, Hershberger has disavowed the terms, which called for him to refrain from providing his members with food, or involving others in doing his farming, by telling the judge, “If our farm stopped feeding its owners’ families, there will be literally hundreds of children who will suffer malnutrition and even starvation. Your honor, I would much rather spend the rest of my life behind bars or even die than to be found guilty of such a gross sin before the Almighty God.”

“I am proud of what I am doing.  There is nothing wrong with peacefully providing food to members of my community who want it,” claims Hershberger.  “The state might put me in jail, but they cannot stop people from feeding their neighbors.”

Food sovereignty activists plan to be present for what they perceive as a pivotal moment in the movement.

“Our family will be there, standing with Vernon.  I never dreamed that the US government would try to prevent citizens from choosing their food and where they get it, much less putting people in jail for doing so. I’ve seen first-hand the destruction of one wonderful farm family and I won’t stand idly by while another family is persecuted,” says mother and activist, Karen Goeben.

At a pre-court rally scheduled for 11:00 in front of the Sauk County Courthouse, 515 Oak Street, Baraboo, supporters will engage in a signing ceremony for their “Declaration of Food Independence.”

Hershberger and other farmers around the country have been and are facing state or federal charges against them for providing fresh foods to wanting customers.  In recent months the FDA has conducted long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs that have resulted in farms shutting down and consumers without access to their food.

Farm Food Freedom Coalition wants to ensure that America’s treasures, our independent farms and ranches, are able to thrive. We aim to preserve our agricultural heritage and the future availability of traditional, farm fresh foods. Americans want and deserve the freedom to choose natural, unprocessed foods for generations to come.

Information about farm raids: For additional information on raw milk:, and

For the backstory of Vernon Hershberger, see Kimberly Hartke’s blog:

Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition


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18 Responses to “Dairy Farmer is Ready to Go to Jail Over Food Rights”

  1. Shadow says:

    Mark, there have been several people who have presented the argument of Free Man on the Land and won! Again I most humbly submit the name Irene Gravenhorst. She set the precedent for it in Canada. Search her name and see for yourself!

  2. Jose Rodriguez (@changeingyou) says:

    Maybe that scum bag judge is being paid by Monsanto!

  3. Jerry says:

    Where is the petition to those in power to leave the farmer alone?

  4. Shadow says:

    AffinityNetNews is spot on about the reality of the true nature of the U.S. Flag, ‘Government’ and it’s association with the Crown. These facts along with the hidden history of the usurpation of the original constitution by these foreign Agents in 1868; tell a most insidious tale. A Coup `d tat occurred at the conclusion of Lincoln’s war. We are under occupation, and have been ever since a Corporation of the Crown, vis a vis London or House of Rothschild. Another name to search in getting a few solutions to this problem is Irene Gravenhorst. She is Canadian, First Nations, and can be found with any search engine. All one need do is a bit of homework coupled with the will to reclaim one’s sovereignitiy. Natural Rights cannot be taken away once one knows what they are.

  5. Mark says:


    While what you said may be true, I’ve yet to see someone win in court using this argument. I’ve known too many who have tried and failed. The courts and judges, while they may know this, are corrupt and you’d have a easier time threading a rope through a needle.
    Somehow, the majority of americans don’t care, are ignorant or just plain stupid with beliefs…like waiting for a “messiah” to magically appear to save them. No one is ogin to save anyone at this rate. We’re the only ones who can but it requires huge numbers of intelligent, fearless souls ready to stand the ground.

  6. bgPinto says:

    Utilize edible wild plant books. You’d probably be surprised at the amount of wild edibles in your area. Go for a walk and come home with a salad.

  7. bgPinto says:

    Im not sure it would work now, but a few years ago, a friend of mine who sold raw milk, was threatened by fda or who ever, and she started selling her milk, labeled PET MILK. She sold it as PET MILk. Once the consumer has it, they can legally do with it what they wish. I hope this man doesn’t go to jail.

  8. Eric Hall says:

    Dr. Henry Kissinger is reported to have said that those who control the food supply control the people. This is the reason why the State insists on this control. If the State relinquishes control of the food supply, then it cannot act as “god” over the people in place of the one and only true Creator God. Family farmers should be encouraged instead of persecuted because there is greater food security in the diversity provided by the more healthful food produced by them instead of being dependent on foreign food supplies of suspect quality, even enemies who could care less whether we live or die. But understanding what is happening becomes clearer in light of the Marxist UN Agenda 21 and the wilding of great swarths of the countryside and the introduction of wolves where they are not native, and then there is Codex Alimentarius, GMOs, the havoc to the environment caused by industrial farming, smart meters, etc., and ad nauseam. Does anyone detect a pattern here? Could it be that war has been declared on the American people? I believe we could be entering a period foretold in Revelation 13 and 17. We must learn to look to the Creator God for our salvation, forming loving communities where we can and take what means to legally push back that we can.

  9. MyKisa says:

    the beast gov will have to be removed from our lives, it will not return to its place out of kindness

  10. In 2008, 180 countries declared that their citizens have a fundamental right to food. Only one country voted against this rudimentary right. Can you guess which country that was?

    How can the proclaimed land of the free and home of the brave justify such a mean spirited decision? And is it in the best interests of their citizens or in the best interests of someone else?

    Instead the United States made it’s intentions perfectly clear and voted against the right to food for it’s citizens. There is no right to food in the USA, nor is there any right to food legislation pending. Pretty simple isn’t it?

    I’m wondering if the USA’s refusal to participate in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provoked the growing grassroots right to food movement and the real food revolution? Is the war on food just beginning to heat up?

    Every Human Being Has: (except US citizens)

    * the right: to be free from hunger
    * the right to adequate food
    * the right to clean, safe drinking water
    Rome Declaration on World Food Security, 1996.

    “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

    Food security is achieved “when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”

    Do you see any reason why the United States would be against these basic principles of human rights? Maybe if we explore the facts a bit more we’ll begin to understand their intentions.


  11. Rory Escoto says:

    This is crazy. If only the government would get out of our lives!

  12. AffinityNetNews says:

    Our government is nothing but a Totalitarian Collectivist Crony-Corpratist Police – State, that only serves the ruling banking elite that owns shares in its stock.

    The United States of America, (a legal spelling under Admiralty (British) Law/Canon Vatican Law) is not a sovereign nation it is in fact, a private corporation since 1868.

    This corporation, i.e., Washington D.C., (all of Federal Government) is controlled by a larger corporation from the Financial District of London City called: Empire of the Crown.

    Mr. Hershberger an American, will ignorantly go before a judge that serves NOT America but, “The Crown” as a standing member of the BAR = British Accredited Registry. The Crown, is owned by the “Inns of Court” a private corporation that controls The Financial District of London.

    The Crown, is NOT the Queen of England, it is a secretive group of global banksters.

    READ THIS: Our so-called “Legal system” is owned by London Bankers. (keep reading this until it soaks in and you get mad as hell)

    An American flag that has gold fringe around it is a military/Admiralty flag ruled by the Empire of the Crown.

    If Mr. Hershberger, knew this he would have already won by exposing this to the American people as Admiralty Law does NOT apply to Hershberger OR YOU, as a natural American person under Common Law. All Mr. Hershberger has to do is DEMAND Common Law jurisdiction before the Admiralty (British controlled) Law judge, and they can’t rule against him in court for ANY reason. PERIOD. END OF STORY !!!!

    Knowledge is power people.!!!! You can destroy the government by knowing about Admiralty Law and your actual true and non-fiction rights as a natural person and NOT a corporate “Citizen” or corporate fiction under their completely corrupt commerce system Admiralty Law that does NOT and NEVER will apply to you.

    This information is all absolutely real and valid and it scares the hell out of the Fascist criminals that rule our planet. I’ve used this against them and it works every time. This is the big secret that they never want you to learn. So, learn it!!!!

    As Americans we have been lied to since BERTH, that’s right, since BERTH not Birth. Study and find out what this means to you as a slave (unit of commerce) ruled by pirates of the high seas under Admiralty Law.

  13. tyranny exposed says:

    This is just another power grab by our great leader to deny American citizens their inalienable right to life, prosperity and the pursuit of happiness free from GMO seeds, processed foods, diabetes, and Monsanto. Satan does not want healthy people fighting revolutions! Satan wants diabetic fat slobs on dialysis machines. It makes so much more money for Satan in the long run if you are sick and unhealthy.

  14. Crystal Souther says:

    Lord I miss the “good old days”. Can’t you people see how dangerous this is? The govt wants us all to be completely dependent on it for food, medicine, shelter etc…
    I would never wish for a citizen uprising, but in this case & many others these days I would say it’s getting to the point where if we desire to preserve our freedoms, constitutional rights & way of life we definitely need to “RISE UP & SHAKE OFF THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT” IT IS OUR RIGHT AS AMERICANS! LOOK IT UP, IT’S RIGHT THERE IN BLACK & WHITE!A

  15. Barbara Talbert says:

    Every action to preserve our rights and the rights of farmers is laudable and contributes to the general welfare of the people. We do not need government telling us we can’t eat food from a farm and arriving at that destination by charging farmers with crimes. The bigger crime is the crime against humanity which forces the people to eat genetically engineered foods while hiding that fact from them by refusing to label them.

  16. wanda says:

    @ Joe Bassett…

    I would guess it is a matter of principle. Why should we have to resort to lies and subterfuge? Why should we live in a world where we have to deflect the blows these compromised people “reign” down on us? Lies are the tools of the elite, not righteous, upstanding human beings.

  17. joe bassett says:

    If he goes to jail and next month we have martial law they will forget about him quicker than a nat shits. Why doesn’t he just sell milk for pets. It’s no illegal to sell people raw milk for their pets is it? Just label it pet milk and move along.

  18. Jeff says:

    Its a sad day when the federal government wastes taxpayer money and time on things they have no business regulating. I hope Ron Paul wins so we can scale back unnecessary and intrusive government that does nothing to serve the needs of the people.