Attorney Nathan Hansen, in St. Paul retained by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), is representing Schlangen. Hansen also handled the Hennepin trial.
Schlangen offers members of the private buying club, Freedom Farms Co-op, the benefit of his volunteer delivery service as he picks up members’ food items, including raw milk, from other farms and delivers it along with products from his Freeport farm. Horse-and-buggy farmers, who otherwise would have difficulty getting their farm products distributed, especially appreciate Schlangen’s delivery service.
“It is downright disturbing that the state I call home would spend any time or resources prosecuting a peaceful man for essentially picking up groceries for me. It is a travesty to what I once called the Justice System to even bring charges against my friend and farmer for these alleged ‘crimes’; and if he is found guilty on any of the charges, it will be beyond tragic on so many levels,” says Schlangen’s friend and buying club member Elisabeth Berry.
This case is similar to a recent case in Wisconsin where farmer Vernon Hershberger was tried and acquitted on 3 of 4 charges related to operating a private buying club for the products from his farm; FTCLDF has filed an appeal on the fourth charge. Both farmers enjoy vibrant support from their customers, their wider communities and fresh food advocates from around the nation.
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods.Those concerned can support the FTCLDF, a U.S. based 501(c)(4) nonprofit, by joining or donating online at farmtoconsumer.org or by calling 703-208-FARM (3276).
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MEDIA CONTACTS: Pete Kennedy, President, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, 703-208-FARM,firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition, 301-807-5063, email@example.com