Food Freedom Under Attack in Minnesota

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As I type this, food freedom supporters are gathering in Minnesota at the trial of farmer Alvin Schlangen, co-owner and manager of Freedom Farms Co-op. Watch the short video to hear his story.

“Alvin Schlangen, a peaceful Minnesota farmer and founder of Freedom Farms Co-op, connects people with the foods of their choice from local producers.  Over the past two years, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has illegally raided Alvin’s van, warehouse, and farm. The state has now brought 21 charges against Alvin related to food distribution; all are misdemeanor counts.  Four of the misdemeanors are in trial [this week].  If convicted, Alvin faces up to a year in jail and hefty fines… just for helping to connect consumers to the producers and foods of their choice.” –Raw Milk Food Freedom Riders

Alvin is being charged with crimes related to commercial food handling, though his co-op was a private buying club of consenting families and farms.

The Freedom Farms Co-op “venture serves to connect people with the food sources that meet their high standards for health by providing private access under lawful ownership of farm animals — for dairy food access: the member owners pay the Amish farm family for labor to milk the leased 100% grass-fed cows, manage the pasture, store the feed, etc.”

Do you see anything wrong what he and the other families were doing? Neither do I. Does it sound commercial? Not to me.

Interested in learning more about this event? Here is the event’s Facebook page, and here is the website page for the event.

What Can You Do?

The court has allocated three days for Alvin’s trial (beginning today, Monday, May 14, 2012). Sign up here to reserve a spot in the courtroom. You have the choice of committing to shifts throughout this week, Monday through Friday, mornings or afternoons.

Most of us are not in Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean our hands are tied! You can sign this petition (I am not sure if you must be from MN or not). You can donate here.

No matter what, please pray for Alvin and the other MN food freedom fighters. With God, all things are possible!

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  1. Susan says

    Thank you so much for helping get the word out, Wardee! So much support strengthens our resolve to work even harder. We are all one in this regard — food freedom for all!


  2. Lindsey says

    That is so wrong. People should be able to choose what to feed their families. It seems like the government should have bigger problems to worry about instead of making a criminal of an innocent man. If alcohol and tobacco are legal, it makes no sense to me that raw milk should be illegal. Here in Utah we are able to buy raw milk, it just has to be carefully tested, which I appreciate, and I have to sign a waiver.

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