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Reclaiming our Heritage Foodways: proposed reform of outdated food laws

October 8, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm



Grasp the basics of how to sell food and stay out of jail! Cottage food laws, regulations governing farmers’ markets, and food freedom issues will be covered by this talented attorney/farmer/cheesemaker! Learn about proposed ways to reform outdated food laws and how you can get involved!

For the majority of America’s history, direct sales from farmers to consumers were largely unregulated. It was only in the 20th century that family farms were ensnared in a regulatory system created due to food safety problems that were not of their own making. Today, there is a movement to return to the traditional ways of unregulated farmer-to-consumer direct transactions, with state and local oversight rather than federal. At the same time, the federal government is attempting to expand its power to regulate interstate commerce. Find out how the Feds are infringing on our rights to produce and consume the foods of our choice and what you can do to fight back!





Elizabeth Rich is a Wisconsin attorney who has practiced in the areas of environmental, land use and regulatory law for 30 years. She works for clients who challenge the government and is the current Acting President for Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.  She has lived on a 40-acre farm since 1995 and raises goats for dairy products and chickens for meat and eggs. Over the years she’s kept dairy cows, pigs, ducks, turkeys, guineas, rabbits and geese in addition to a large garden and fruit production. Elizabeth’s goal is to produce as much of her own food as possible, as her 25 years of experience with the governmental agencies charged with protection of our food supply has led her to the conclusion that she is not protected.


Key Information:

Class Location: Meeting room, Vault Wine Bar, 170 E Main Street, Reedsburg.
Check-in begins 10 minutes before the start of this class.