Wisconsin NAIS: The Paul-Martin Griepentrog Story

nais666Wisconsin farmer Paul-Martin Griepentrog, feeding alot of families in his area healthy food, was served a complaint for refusing to “sign up” for the NAIS premise number. He had helped an Amish man who was in court last month for the same thing. There will be more on this story later.

Once again Linn Cohen-Cole is on top of the farm enforcement news. Here is an excerpt from her article today:

paulspixPaul-Martin Griepentrog’s 150-acre family farm includes 60 Ile de France ewes, 40 Limousin cattle and free ranging yard chickens, peacocks and goats. He cultivates about two acres of vegetables grown naturally, the old-fashioned way. He has sold his produce at markets across the state.

By Paul-Martin Griepentrog

Well, it’s Monday night and I’ve had another long day on the farm. Seems the weather forecaster got things wrong again, with pre


dictions of light scattered frost that turned into a hard freeze.  That’s farming for you.

You see, I’m the invisible spirit behind the Shady Knoll Farm’s stand at the Hodag Farmers Market.  If I’m not farming, I spend my time advocating for the interests of small farmers.

There is a world of difference between the concerns of small, family farms like mine and large corporate operations, and yet the public and the government often lump us together or even worse: place additional restrictions, making my personal, hands-on business very difficult.

badgeb1You may have heard about “traceability” lately in the news and how this will help with everything from disease control, to salmonella in tomatoes (or was it peppers, or was it cilantro)?

Read Paul’s full article today:

2 responses to “Wisconsin NAIS: The Paul-Martin Griepentrog Story

  1. This is yet another example of collusion between the FDA, Department of Agriculture and Monsanto to force small farmers out and stifle organic farming, This must be stopped!

  2. Thanks, Emily for your comment. A previous commenter insisted on the need for more guns and ammo. I realize that their are groups who may think that is the answer, but I decided not to post it. I cannot see how one would enhance their position by their use against our law enforcers and public servants. Number one, they have more and heavier artillery than a farmer; and number two, it would not work any way and would certainly guarantee you a longer sentence, if not being killed. That is why I have decided to use a more powerful and sophisticated weaponry: words. It is the war of the words, or the word war. That is why I like wordpress.

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