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I know a lot of Va Right! readers are following the Martha Boneta saga very closely. This is a really good article on the situation:

As I wrote in previous columns, Piedmont Environmental Council has recently attracted a whole lot of unwanted attention, especially by legislators in Richmond.

By now you probably know the story of Martha Boneta.  She grows organic produce on her Liberty Farm in northern Fauquier County.  Fauquier Zoning Administrator Kimberley Johnson tried to put Ms. Boneta and her farm out of business by threatening her with $15,000 per-day fines for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year old girls without a permit, and advertising pumpkin carvings.

Martha’s farm had conservation easements in place when she bought it.  A conservation easement is an agreement where a landowner receives tax breaks in exchange for legally restricting future development of their property.  None of the tax breaks went to Martha, but to the people who sold the farm to PEC.

The conservation easements on Martha’s farm are administered by both PEC, which is a private land trust, and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation which is a state governmental agency.

Martha has charged that PEC has trespassed repeatedly on her farm and has attempted to drive her off the farm through unwarranted and overly invasive conservation easement inspections, and an IRS audit she says was instigated by PEC board member Margaret “Peggy” Richardson.  Richardson served as the IRS chief under President Clinton.

The extent of PEC’s outrageous behavior became clear when investigative reporter Kevin Mooney acquired a copy of a “Joint Representation and Confidentiality Agreement” that PEC entered into with Philip Thomas and his wife in early 2010.  Philip Thomas is the owner of Middleburg-based Thomas and Talbot Real Estate.  Mooney noted that the firm’s website identifies at least four other Thomas and Talbot realtors who are members of the PEC.  The joint agreement says there is a “mutuality of interest in a common representation” where the legal disputes concerning the Boneta farm are concerned.

Mr. Mooney went on to point out that electronic messages and other written communications obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show county supervisor Peter Schwartz and the PEC arranged meetings specifically to discuss the zoning citations directed against Martha.  Mr. Schwartz is a former board member of the PEC.

Read the rest here.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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