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Martha Boneta

Martha Boneta is a farmer at Liberty Farm in Paris, Virginia. A native Virginian, Martha grew up in Mt. Vernon on what she was told was a part of George Washington’s vast farmland. Growing up, her family always had kitchen gardens and it was Martha’s childhood dream to be a Virginia farmer and that dream became reality six years ago.

Martha graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Old Town Alexandria, Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, George Mason University for undergraduate school, George Mason School of law where she received her Juris Doctor and the prestigious Strauss Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, where she studied Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Immediately following law school, Martha was a registered lobbyist in Washington, DC that propelled her career as strategic account executive at Reed Elsevier for the Mid-Atlantic Region and Thomson Reuters in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Martha is the Founder of the Piedmont Agriculture Academy (PAA), Liberty Hall Livestock Rescue and has been on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Independent Consumer & Farmers Association (VICFA), Virginia Farm and Food Freedom (VFFF), Small Family Farm Foundation (SFFF) and is actively involved with the Farm to Consumer Legal Foundation (FTCLF), Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and several other farm advocacy organizations.

Liberty Farm is also a member of LOCAL HARVEST (http://www.localharvest.org/paris-barns-@-liberty-farm-M46744) whose motto is “REAL FOOD, REAL FARMERS, REAL COMMUNITY” as well as EAT WILD (http://www.eatwild.com/products/virginia.html) dedicated to supporting local small family farmers.

Martha’s Farm is a member and has been featured on HobbyFarms.com as well as SLOW FOOD USA (http://www.slowfoodusa.org/) and Slow Food Virginia supporting good, clean and fair farm food.

Martha volunteers her time teaching farming practices to inner city children and has donated many tons of vegetables to Virginia’s food banks and families in need. Working closely in fellowship with Virginia’s small family farmers across the Commonwealth, Martha has a strong passion for Virginia’s agricultural heritage.

Martha’s story has made national and international news. She has appeared on TV featured on Fox & Friends, Neil Cavuto, Greta Van Susteren’s On The Record, WUSA9 as well several other news and radio programs.

Today, Martha is a full time farmer on her family farm, Liberty Farm, in Paris, Virginia. Martha’s passion includes caring for over 180 farm animals, tending to her organic heirloom vegetable crops, apiary and herb production. Martha also produces chicken, duck, turkey and emu eggs as well as fiber from herds of sheep, alpaca and llamas.

Conference Speech

“The Threat to Family Farms from Power-Hungry Local Officials and Well-Funded Land Trusts: One Woman’s Story” - Speech from the Seventeenth Annual Conference

 

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