Summer greetings in the name of our God the Creator who makes no mistakes, but helps us through life’s journey and trials as we face each new day. The trials that we face from time to time might not seem like a blessing, but actually can be if we are willing to accept the trials and can make us stronger if we put our full trust in Him. Thank you again for your interest and support you have given us at Miller’s Organic Farm. Our goal is to have grass-fed and nutrient-dense foods available to you as our members.
This post is something that I wish wouldn’t need to be discussed on our website, but I feel if we don’t have our members support, we wouldn’t stand a chance to exercise our private rights of freedom of choice to buy direct off the farm nutrient-dense foods. We here at the farm were overwhelmed, but very delighted, in your response of our member survey of how we should handle the legal issues we are in. Almost all members would like to have #4 as an option. Follow these links to read member comments (names have been deleted to protect member privacy)
Some mornings we wake up and think why do we continue with what we are doing, but you have left us some very inspiring comments. Thank you to all who participated. This has encouraged us to continue our mission.
On Thursday, June 13th, there was a pretrial hearing with Judge Smith in Easton, PA, which USDA has attended and which some of us did over the phone to save us approximately 4 hours of traveling time to and from the courthouse. The judge has asked both parties if we think it would be worthwhile to have a settlement conference before with Magistrate Judge Marilyn Heffley in Philadelphia. We both agreed there could be a possibility. On approx. June 18 we got a letter from the court with a date of July 18 in Philadelphia for the settlement conference, and after reading the full letter, in there it stated “Please notify the court if settlement is not a real possibility”.
I had to think about this. I made a few phone calls to see if there could be a chance. I had a conversation with USDA/FSIS Director Troy Hambright for a while and the opinion I got from him is that we have to follow all their rules otherwise we will be in violation. No exceptions.
We did talk about the citric acid solution which seems to be most commonly used in USDA inspected plants. We have a few team members on duty to look at USDA requirement rules and regulations and they are not comfortable with what USDA/FSIS calls safe or that we can call safe at all due to our very chemical sensitive members.
How can we by any way come to a settlement at the next hearing? Click on the highlighted report names for more information. FSIS directive & also Elsevier Toxicology Report for more information on citric acid, etc. We here at Miller’s Organic Farm don’t want to be just ignorant to their rules or keep them from trespassing on our farm, but we first have to come to an agreement that we can have non-acid free meats available and have all our special glands, etc. available to our members that they call these medicinal foods. The question is, how can they prohibit us from having these very much needed special foods for our overall well-being?
The good news is that we have team members researching options on how to exercise our freedom of choice of chemical-free, nutrient-dense foods. We also have a few licensed attorneys coming on board to give us ideas how to handle this situation. Both of them have a great passion for fresh foods right off the farm and have handled various cases on helping farmers with legal advice. But as you may know, their services come at a cost.
Another option Miller’s Organic Farm is working on is getting our local Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Lloyd Smucker involved in our situation to have more direct off-the-farm friendly regulations including private association agreements where we want to have access to non-chemical solutionized, non-GMO special medicine foods. We ask that you contact your local Senator and Congressman to encourage this type of food movement. We actually had them here for a noon meal and they seemed to be very sympathetic to our legal issues.
On Nov. 12,2019, there is an oral argument hearing scheduled meaning, to my understanding, that Miller’s Organic Farm & the USDA will be in front of Judge Smith. The judge will have to decide if the injunction that USDA was trying to enforce against the farm can be enforced or not. The judge seems to be very cautious to grant the USDA the injunction. To my knowledge I’m guessing he knows how important our grass-fed,citric acid-free meats are to you our members. They are hard to find anywhere including special glands, brain & organ meats. We feel the membership has a great value. It makes us all feel we belong to something, as numbers of something can have some type of power. As the saying goes – United we stand, divided we fall. If the judge does grant them the injunction, then to my understanding the farm would do a Declaratory of Judgement with letters, etc. & also let your voices be heard in how important nutrient-dense foods are to you. Your prayers are greatly appreciated over this time. We will keep you posted on how things progress.
We are not excited about how the USDA’s agenda is over today’s agriculture, such as pushing for genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). A comment has been made from the secretary that the small farms are on their way out. But you as food consumers can change this around by buying fresh, direct off the farm. According to what I’ve been hearing, in Maine & Utah they have this Sovereign Food Movement Act passed where the farmers can produce the products you need to have. I have an article that Joel Salatin from VA has written in Stockman Grass farmer Magazine about what he learned while he visited in France. Can we change things politically in the USA like they have there? My opinion is that yes we can. There are so many consumers looking for farm fresh foods and we still have farmers that have a passion to come back to graze and farm their animals like they have years ago. The demand for nutrient-dense, farm fresh foods is truly growing. Let’s not give up and let us pray for wisdom to do God’s Will.
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Lets stand strong, unite and demand foods that God created to nourish our temples. Lets oppose GMO’s, synthetic chemicals and cruelty and put human rights and Animal Welfare first. Help us fight for our Food Freedom for the NOW and the many generations to come.
Many of our members have asked how they can help and we greatly appreciate that offer. Making a donation to the farm to help cover some of our legal issues would be very helpful. We want to do our very best to only make wise choices so your donation gets used wisely. The time may come where we might need some of your voices heard at court of why you would need to have access to nutrient-dense foods. We will let you know if the time comes.
To make a donation, feel free to send direct to the farm, payable to Miller’s Organic Farm. Our address is 648 Millcreek School Road, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505. Please specify on payments that it is a legal fee donation. Or you can also make a donation online at: