Martha Boneta. Do you know the name? Maybe you will remember.
Martha owns a farm in Fauquier County, VA, an area best known as a bedroom community for the District of Columbia. Martha might just be one of the linchpins that tie together several of the current Administration’s violations of our constitutionally guaranteed protections. (See Amendment IV).
Martha Boneta on her farm in Fauquier County, VA
Martha made the mistake of wanting to sell fruits and vegetables grown on her little farm. Of course her entrepreneurial spirit was in contrast to the existing mindset among her neighboring government employees. So they established a “Piedmont Environmental Council” to rezone her property, and then threatened to sue her for being in violation of their newly enacted regulations.
But they picked on the wrong person. Martha retaliated by persuading the Virginia General Assembly to introduce the Right to Farm Act, also known as “The Boneta Bill.” It passed Virginia’s House of Delegates by a 77-22 margin last February, but as usual got bottled up in the politically divided Senate. So what happened next? Martha got audited by the Internal Revenue Service. Twice. Imagine that!