Legal Issues for Homesteaders and Farmers

Government No Trespassing Sign

As Joel Salatin states: “Everything I Want to Do is Illegal”.  There is no more truthful statement today than that; such a sad reality.  The civil-liberties lawyer and writer, Harvey Silvergate wrote a book titled “You Commit Three Felonies a Day”.  You, the average joe, commit three felonies a day without homesteading or farming.   The issue is that while the average joe commits three felonies a day, the government regulators target farmers and homesteaders-yes, there is a big bulls-eye on your homestead.  Why?  I believe it is because we do not toe the line.


Many of you know that I am a Libertarian.  Why?  Progressives in our government, on both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans, Conservatives or Liberals, are regulating us to death.  While I may hold various beliefs, as a Christian, I fundamentally disagree with the taking away anyone’s liberty, their freedom.  God gave us free will (the freedom to make decisions) and a conscience (the guiding law of right and wrong).  I do not believe that it is government’s place to take away free will or to punish those who act according to their conscience unless that choice, action, infringes upon the freedom of others.  If I want to feed my family home-cured meat or raw milk, it is my choice, not the government’s choice, regulation or rule.  I like to look to myself, my family, my community to resolve problems.  I feel, rarely, should the government be called into resolving a problem.  For one thing, the government doesn’t solve problems well.  Have you been to the D.M.V. lately or watched a session in congress on C-Span?  For another, the government was put in place, By the People, to PROTECT our rights and freedoms.  Okay, you understand where I’m coming from.

If you begin to go down this Homesteading and/or Farming road, you WILL butt heads with government regulators.  I repeat, YOU WILL butt heads with government regulators.  The E.P.A and the U.S.D.A are now a well-armed, some would say militarized, organized and large and in charge force with which to be reckoned.  You will have a target on your back if you homestead or farm.  They do show up on farms and homesteads without a warrant.  They do kill livestock.  They do take and destroy property.  They do assume guilt- no innocent until proven guilty here.

In the film: Freedom from Choice, farmer Joel Salatin explains how government regulations impact farming and homesteading.  He states, “The things that we would like to do from curing meat to selling raw milk, for example, we would love to sell raw milk and we have customers who would love to get raw milk, but it is illegal.  We could do ice cream, yogurt, kefir; we could do a whole host of things.  But you would have to have a…. half million dollar facility to produce one gallon.  So, so, while the government would say, well you know, having that infrastructure is not illegal, well raw milk is illegal, you have to pasteurize it which kills it.  The fact is, when you put infrastructure requirements which are so onerous that a small person can’t get in, what happens then all the entrepreneurial, innovative embryos that could be hatched or birthed, cannot give birth because the embryo’s is too big, the prototype is too big to be birthed.”  You too will feel the squeeze.

As I see it, you have two choices: quiet and hidden or loud and proud.  By my nature, I am a “Loud and Proud” kind of gal.  This opens me and my farm and homestead up for more problems, and yes I have been contacted several times by the U.S.D.A.  But this also gives me “public opinion”.  We the People are a powerful force with which to be reckoned too and can and have been called upon to put the government in check.

Risks?  If you decide to be quiet and hidden the risks are that the E.P.A or U.S.D.A will find you – and they most likely will.  They seem to enjoy picking on those who are more reserved and quiet.  I view it as governmental thuggery.  If you decide to go loud and proud then expect governmental thuggery; you just may have a plan in place for when this happens.

What should you do to protect yourself?  Join the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
Phone: (703) 208-FARM (3276)  |  Fax: (703) 208-3278
Emergency Hotline: (800) 867-5891 | (800) 867-5891 FREE
Mailing address:
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
8116 Arlington Blvd, Ste. 263
Falls Church, VA 22042
Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Seriously, do not hesitate or put this off.   It is that important and worth every penny.  Become involved in farming and homesteading organizations such as The Farm Bureau and The Livestock Coalition and encourage government deregulation of the industry.

19 thoughts on “Legal Issues for Homesteaders and Farmers

  1. Good to know about the legal defense fund.

    However, progressives do not and cannot exist on both sides of the aisle. There can be no such thing as a progressive conservative, and a progressive Republican is unimaginable.

    I’m not sure how you’ve gotten the idea that progressivism is about regulating ordinary people like yourself out of existence. It’s actually a matter of decentralizing power, which dovetails with a libertarian point of view, and making sure that people have fair wages for their work and that workers are not exploited, and laws not made, by powerful economic forces like megacorporations. For the most part, libertarians and progressives have a great deal of overlap and could accomplish a lot together.


  2. I reblogged, as well. The general point of “Everything we want to do is illegal, and we’re all unwittingly committing crimes every day” is important, and applies to all aspects of our lives, not just homesteading and farming.

    I just recently had a discussion with my wife, that touched on this. My wife is a lifelong “good girl”, from a small town that’s stuck in a time warp. She generally assumes that she’s within the confines of the law, as long as she’s behaving like a decent person. To be fair, that shouldn’t be an unreasonable assumption. But, I told her, “assume that whatever you are currently doing is illegal, and behave accordingly. ” Frustrated, she retorted, “But, I don’t break the law! Why should I act like I do? I’m not a criminal! ”

    I believe that this is intentional. If you become a nuisance to a bureaucracy, an investigation into your life will reveal *something* with which you can be charged, and you will, then, be silenced, imprisoned, or both.

    Part of this is the natural consequence of allowing lawyers to run everything. Lawyers (who, you’ll note, make you pass their test and join their special club, if you wish to practice law, yourself) are packed into all 3 branches of government, normally, even the executive branch. Trump may be no lawyer, but Pence is. The same holds true at State levels, as a general rule.

    Rachel, as I recently started following your blog, I didn’t exactly KNOW that you were a Libertarian, but I certainly got the impression that you leaned that direction. Good job picking up on the theology of Free Will, and how it ties into the system of government that we are supposed to have. That important connection has become lost, to many, I have observed.

    Those who farm or homestead in Virginia may find an ally in Virginia Food Freedom. Their website is

    One last thing that I’ll note; whether your personal nature is “loud and proud “, or “quiet and hidden”, be prepared to be “loud and proud” at a moments notice. Once you have been observed and targeted, the fight is on, and you are no longer hidden, anyway. And it will be easier to defeat those who are quiet.

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  3. Around here there are some things that are illegal and the local government turns a blind eye. People have chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc. without having the “legal” amount of land. If no one complains (and folks rarely do) the township leaves people alone. But the federal government can’t be happy unless they’re micromanaging our lives. Your article was great and very, very informative!

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  7. Reblogged this on Fun E Farm and commented:
    I love this article. It’s good information, and it’s not conspiracy theorist to understand that it’s correct that at some point, you will have contact with some regulatory agency. Informing yourself prepares you for cooperation without compromising your rights. If you don’t believe it can happen to you, I recommend watching “Farmaggedon” at the earliest opportunity.

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  8. Good advice!

    We have family members with personal experience with this. They were out working in their garden when they saw armed men in dark clothing strolling across their ten acres. When they confronted them about it, they were told that – because they live with in 50 miles of the border with Canada – that Homeland Security has the right to “inspect” their property at will, unless it is fenced and posted. You can bet that it is now both fenced & posted – with the gate being locked if you show up without calling first. As far as I know, USDA hasn’t shown up – yet. But, they probably will, given that they have chickens and Guinea fowl, as well as gardens and greenhouses.

    I re-blogged this on my page, since it is good advice for anyone considering a move to the country.

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