We Are All Farmer Brown

On Wednesday, November 9, Dan Brown, owner of Gravelwood Farm in Blue Hill, Maine, was served notice that he is being sued by the State of Maine for selling food and milk without State licenses. Blue Hill is one of five Maine towns to have passed the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance, a local law that permits the types of sales Brown was engaged in. By filing the lawsuit, the State of Maine and Walter Whitcomb, Maine Agricultural Commissioner, are disregarding the Local Food and Community Self-Governance passed nearly unanimously by the citizens of Blue Hill at their town meeting on April 4. Residents of Blue Hill will be attending the Selectmen’s meeting on Friday, November 18 to enforce the provisions of the Ordinance. The Blue Hill residents will be instructing the Town of Blue Hill to send a letter to the Maine Department of Agriculture requesting the State withdraw the lawsuit and recognize the authority of the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance.

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A rally and press conference took place Friday 11/18/11 at the Blue Hill Town Hall.

Watch WABI TV Coverage of the rally:

Farmer Brown Speaks at the Blue Hill Rally, 11/18/11

Visit our YouTube Channel for up to date videos.

Please donate to support the We Are All Farmer Brown organizing effort.  Any and all contributions will be helpful. Thank you!

3 Responses to We Are All Farmer Brown

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  2. Richard Marble Mable Family Farms says:

    I just e-mailed the following letter to eleven towns around my farm. You may be able to get the e-mail address for towns near you by doing a web search for “___________ Town Office” If everyone who reads this does the same thing at least the selectmen in towns near you will have a chance to see these video’s and discuss putting the ordinance up for a vote.

    “I thought the Selectmen might be interested in watching the video’s on the following website. Please forward this site to them.

    The local food movement is growing all over the U.S. and every time there is another food scare it grows stronger. Pushed by cooperate influence from within, the federal government is now forcing states to restrict small farms including here in Maine.

    Because of this the State of Maine is taking a small farmer from Blue Hill to Court for selling the milk from one cow to his neighbours. Blue Hill and a number of other small towns have now passed the “Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance”. The more towns that pass this ordinance the more the state will pay attention.

    There has been a lot of mis information put out surrounding this case and some of these video’s may help clear up some of it. As much as the state would like to portray this as a food safety issue, it is not, it is an issue of controling and restricting small farms in favor of corporate agriculture plan and simple.

    I have a copy of the “Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance” if you are interested in looking at it.

    http://localfoodlocalrules.org/we-are-all-farmer-brown/

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