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