Martha Boneta, owner of Liberty Farms in Virginia, is facing massive fines after hosting a birthday party at her farm.
According to Fox News Insider, Boneta posted a picture of a child’s birthday party she hosted online and a county zoning administrator somehow stumbled upon it. Soon after, Boneta was told she was in violation of laws for selling farm products and holding events on her land. She was charged $5,000 per day for her supposed violations, and now, she’s suing the county for $2 million in damages stemming from the charges.
“I never dreamed in a million years that I would encounter so much red tape and miles and miles of regulations,” said Boneta to Fox’s Steve Doocy.
Boneta is currently pushing for two different pieces of legislation that would protect farmers from situations like this.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Boneta. “I could be tending my crops or aviary instead of fighting court battles. Small farmers are under unbearable pressure.”
Since the incident, Boneta has closed her farm, which is part of the reason why she is suing for $2 million in damages.
Deputy county administrator Catherine Heritage says that Boneta was, “cited for expanding her sales to include other people’s farm products and ‘crafts’ not produced on-site or from her own agricultural products.” Boneta refutes these claims, maintaining that all of her products were made on her farm.