‘In April, Fauquier County threatened Martha Boneta, owner of a small farm in Paris, VA, with thousands of dollars in fines for a series of alleged violations, including hosting “an event” on her farm without obtaining a special events permit.
The event? A small birthday party for the 10-year old daughter of a close friend, Robin Verity.
Martha was also cited for selling produce directly to consumers from her farm without a license. But Ms. Boneta paid for and received a county-approved business license for a “retail farm shop” in June, 2011. However, just one month later, the county Board of Supervisors approved an amendment that restricted “farm sales”, and began issuing citations to farmers in the area.’