For those who haven't been following this story, the Fauquier Free Citizen summarizes the story so far:
And here's the invitation to the real-world meeting, e-mailed by Patricia Evans:
What can you do to help save Virginia’s Small Family Farmers? Attend the Next Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services / On Farm Activities Working Group Meeting and have your voice be heard! All are welcome to ATTEND and speak:
A Special Invitation to Save Virginia’s Small Family Farmers!
When: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Where: KING FAMILY WINERY 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, Virginia 22932
TIME: 10:00 AM to 1:00PM
If you cannot attend, be sure to submit your comments to Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Here is more information at the VDACS website: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/farmactivities.shtml.
Also, if you can’t attend the next meeting, sign the petition! Here is the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/save-small-family-farmers-from-government-assault-adopt-the-virginia-farm-food-freedom-act
The petition was created by Virginia Tech Student, Jonathon Branch who will be attending the VDACS meeting on July 23d and presenting to the VDACS Committee why the BONETA BILL is desperately needed."
For those who may be wondering: "King" is not my real family name. I wasn't aware that a King Family Winery existed. I was, however, aware of Crozet, the real town in which Rita Mae Brown placed her "Mrs. Murphy" mystery series. In real life it's as pretty and charming a place as it seems to be in the novels, but the murder rate is lower. If you can afford a short road trip, take this one.