April Update: SWAT Team Raid on Homeschool and Food/Health Ministry for Hungry Families


Is this image illegal, too? Or is it unpatriotic?

If a dozen or more terrorists held two women, 10 children, toddlers and a baby hostage for six hours, the event would be on television nationwide and on the front pages of newspapers the next day.

I suppose it would not mean so much to me if the victims were not my friends, as if they are my brothers and sisters. In fact, they are probably the most loving family I have met in many, many years. I cannot help but bring the story to the forefront again along with new details and nestling all the legal documents and video together in one place.

In this latest Update video, an investigative reporter interviews the victims and the sheriff’s office and includes video of their children and small farm.

It happened before Christmas 2008 at a food and health ministry for hungry families in Ohio. It was as if the family were bio-terrorists or something.

Three snipers with high-powered rifles were aimed at the home with ten children being homeschooled. Babies and toddlers were inside also. About twelve armed sheriff deputies along with agents from the Lorain County (Ohio) Health Department and the Ohio Department of Agriculture raided and ransacked the inside and held the family for six hours inside a room in their home outside Lagange, Ohio.

Food, computers and phones were seized from their private home along with 61 boxes of grass-fed beef and lamb were taken that was butchered, wrapped and labeled by a licensed and USDA inspected butcher shop and delivered the day before. According to the expired search warrant, deputies were to seize money and bank accounts. The storehouse of organic foods from a variety of suppliers as well as the personal food stock were taken as the terrified family watched.

Why? A dozen eggs had been sold after being coerced by an undercover agent. As anyone would say, “there is more to it than that”. Yes, there was more. The owners of the home, Jackie and John Stowers, and their Manna Storehouse, an organic food co-op inside, were alleged to have operated without having a retail food license.

But this event did not make the newspapers or television news much at all, leaving the public unaware to this day what occurred on December 1, 2008, not far from my house.

In homeschool, the children are being taught the 3Rs, as well as Greek and Hebrew. The two Stower teenagers raise the sheep and goats they care for and love so much.  The authorities had apparently been tipped off as to their time to strike as the kids lambs were led to slaughter. This was so they could make the bust the day the packed meat was delivered to their home for distribution. Yes, the grinches stole Christmas-even the Christmas dinner, not for just the Stowers, but for many hungry families in the LaGrange area.

But where is the news media, the fair and balanced team?

Where is the Ohio health rule that states a private co-op who does not sell food but arranges for orders of food to be delivered at one location, is required to have a retail food license? There is none.

No charges have yet been filed against the Stowers and The Manna Storehouse. So, where is the beef? Has it been eaten? Or is it rotting in a leased storage facility?


Substitute Photo

Is this how the Lorraine County Sheriff protects and serves? Is this how the Ohio Department of Agriculture promotes sustainable, organic agriculture and small, family farms? And is this how the Ohio Department of Health and their county counterparts promote and protects public health through their food safety program?

Just who are the terrorists?

It will be a Christmas never forgotten for the Stowers families and the 12 children, including those of Katie, the wife of Chad Stower. Chad is serving America in the Iraqi War as a Navy SeaBee.

The official motto of the Seabees is “Construimus, Batuimus” – translated into English as “We Build, We Fight.” The Seabees have several unofficial mottos as well. Their best known unofficial motto is the simple phrase “Can Do!”

What will you do?______________________________________

Now meet John and Jackie Stowers:

Vodpod videos no longer available.
more about “The Stowers tell their story”, posted with vodpod

Of course the “full story” is in the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER article with the expired Search Warrant and Sherrif’s Report here: http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/12/lorain_county_sheriffs_office.html

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Lorain County General Health District (LCGHD) have until about January 15, 2009 to submit an answer to the civil lawsuit filed by the private food cooperative Manna Storehouse LLC and its owners, John and Jacqueline Stowers (click here for a copy of the complaint).  The civil suit was filed in response to a raid of the Stower’s residence and the Manna Storehouse conducted pursuant to a search warrant by the two agencies and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department on December 1, 2008.  Law enforcement officials seized thousands of dollars in business and personal property, including over $8000 worth of the Stowers’ personal food supply.In the complaint the Stowers and Manna Storehouse ask for the return of all property seized and for an injunction against any further unconstitutional searches and seizures as well as an injunction prohibiting enforcement of the licensing requirements of the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code upon the cooperative.  ODA and LCGHD both claim that the co-op needs a retail establishment food permit to operate legally Full Story from Farm-to-consumer Legal Defense Fund.


(Because of new information, our headline has changed this week. In fact, it has already been called lies by some state personnel– “whining farmers, affiliated with liberal media and terrorists organizations”. The headline has changed from SWAT-like to SWAT, because there is no real difference, but they were trained by Homeland Security and at least one of the cars were marked SWAT, not to mention the three snipers aiming at the windows. It is a Food Ministry because the Manna Storehouse has administered and distributed wholesome, organic food through their co-op to private members for over ten years-not to mention a good dose of healthy soul food. It is being called a Health Ministry because it offers a healthier and reasonably prices food choices than those at the grocery store. Ask any one of their 300 customers how their health has improved dramatically. It is called a ministry for Hungry Families because most of the customers are children and because they are hungry for healthy, wholesome unadulterated food rather than factory foods with harmful and toxic additives. So we feel the headline is not sensationalism, but more accurate than “SWAT-like Team Raids Organic Co-op”.)

35 responses to “April Update: SWAT Team Raid on Homeschool and Food/Health Ministry for Hungry Families

  1. This story needs to get to Glenn Beck…this is exactly what he is forcasting is to come on a mass level in this country….violation of individual rights, intrusion, trespassing and unlawful search and coverting anothers goods.

  2. Don on the HCG Diet

    Unbelievable! I wish this family much strength to cope with this injustice.

  3. It shall never cease to amaze me at what the government gets away with these days. I hope justice is paid ten fold to the people that terrorized this family.

  4. Food terrorism to support food facism !
    We need our food freedom back !

  5. Not only in Ohio is there terrorism, but here in North Carolina the traditional M.D.’s, under aegis of the state AMA organization, are hell-bent on putting Integrative medicine practitioners and allied professionals out of business for prescribing vitamins and minerals, some through the safe procedure called chelation. The pharmaceutical companies, for whom the traditionalists are a front, want to capture and control supplements and have them dispensed only by prescriptions given out by doctors on “their” list.

  6. This has to be brought to nationwide attention on a large scale.

  7. I emailed the link to this blog to Bill O’Reilly at Fox News.

  8. That’s a really scary story, I hope to God that never happens here in Canada….

  9. This story blows me away- sounds like Nazi Germany

  10. Wow,
    Who’s the fascist huh?

  11. What about free Country? What about the peoople rights? I am very sorry for your familiy ! This is a shame for US!

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  13. Thanks for keeping this at the forefront Augie. I hope everyone reading this passes it on to even just one other person and perhaps we can stir the media up follow up the story.

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  15. i think i heard this story on the Alex Jones Show a few weeks back

  16. The courage you are displaying in standing up for your rights as a citizen is inspiring. The horrific ordeal you suffered are a prelude of things to come as the government becomes more aggressively oppressive toward those who trust what God has provided through nature for a healthy existence. As a whole the govenment no longer represents the people but big business corporations whose only concerns are the bottomline as they peddle their unhealthy FDA approved poison. I hope and pray the Lord blesses you with punitive damages that leave them smarting for treaspassing your rights as a citizen and that America will awaken to the fascist state we are now living under!

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  18. if you love your freedom, what’s left of it, join Ohio Freedom Alliance-meetup with local organizers and stay abreast of what’s happening to turn things around in Ohio and elsewhere. http://www.ohiofreedom.com. Also consider joining The Campaign For Liberty, http://www.campaignforliberty.com or John Birch Society at http://www.jbs.org. In liberty…God willing.

  19. I just called the Lorraine sheriffs office to ask them why they did this thing,and was promptly hung up on.I suppose that like congress these people think they pay their own salaries,and don’t have to answer to the taxpayers.

  20. “LEGAL TERRORISM ” – plaid out in the name of the law of the war makers by the desperate , power hungry ,demonic creatures with no morals or conscience . They are an insult to mankind – yet are empowered by New World Order rules .They will have nowhere to hide when the system breaks down and many will remember their cruelty and misuse of power . Watch the cowards then , as they will face the anarchists sort out the mess . It will happen !
    We the people united need to refuse any support of this system run by the military-industrial-complex and stand up for our birthrights .
    A response to B . Obama’s Inaugural Address
    by Boldarn Jan.21,2009
    Challenging times will leave us with this choice :
    Will we have a liberated society or Agenda 21 ?
    The speech can fit both , but we can only have one !
    Will it be the Military-Industrial-Complex and mandatory draft registration ?
    Or POWER TO THE PEOPLE for human rights , justice and freedom !
    Divorce Codex , Fluoridation , the FDA , CIA ,the WHO and mandatory vaccination.
    Legalize and support all natural medication .
    Outlaw nuclear , biological and chemical war ,
    Imposed on mankind in the name of the law and political correctness .
    Agenda 21 will be tempting to a populace in despair
    As corruption of power causes turmoil everywhere.
    But behind the shining door of hope,
    May lie your ultimate prison with a hanging rope :
    AGENDA 21 =
    The New World Order Plan for once free nations .
    Abolish the NWO and AGENDA 21.
    This is the change that serves the people in peace and freedom
    And the task entrusted on you .,
    Our new President to guide us as a free Nation .
    May you and the people have the substance
    Quote by Nelson Mandela :
    Sometimes a generation is called upon to be great .
    You can be that great generation .

  21. It happened ti us. We will never be the came. The sheriff’s raided our house looking for a parolee that had never even lived at our house. He is a criminal and left our address as an emergency contact…only. They never even put our house under survalliance. They just busted down our door with my baby just eight feet away. The first guy that came thought was in a Hawaiian shirt, so we thought it was a home invasion. We thought we were dead! You never get over that. The only way I found out they were the sheriff’s dept. was I ran and called 911 as they were coming through the door. Very sad. Since my husband saw a guy in a Hawaiian shirt busting in our door, he hit him. The sheriff’s dept then had the gull to arrest my husband and we had to post bail on a $25,000 FEDERAL offense!

  22. Down with these thugs !! Your husband did only what anyone would do – just some of us would have killed the bastards breaking into our homes like that ! They are trying to outlaw us for living our lifestyle and they do it with irrational violence . How can anyone still respect the system with it’s nonsense laws!?But we , the people ,will never surrender . This system is provoking a revolution .
    Power to the people !

    by Boldarn, Oct.19th 2008
    We claim our birthrights
    To look up trees into deep blue skies
    To breathe clean air over ancient lands
    To eat our food from pure soil directly
    To live with the elements interconnected
    To swim in rivers of wild current
    To grow under the sun , moon and stars
    Resting on rocks covered with lively moss
    The diamonds of nature our currency
    Trade free for all needs love and peace
    Limitless peace expression unrestricted
    Will set free future societies
    No more wars nor manmade laws
    Death to the thieves , the makers of wars !
    Man’s only asset is his consciousness
    In a world of confusion
    Living the truth means loneliness
    Leading to ultimate freedom
    Life offers no guarantees – only one certainty :
    To sell your soul or rest in peace
    Freedom equals responsibility
    The only way to live sustainably
    Love to live life forever free

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  25. Thank you. Hopefully, we can shed light on this and things will change.

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  28. It is astonishing to me, that the Stowers have a son fighting for the freedom of this country, and now this country has repaid them by taking away their freedom. Unreal.


    Digg 5 g’nite brothers and
    On February 23rd, 2009 BeaReady says:
    Digg 5

    g’nite brothers and sisters. Counting my blessings tonight including the freedoms we still have, even if just hanging by a thread.

    Trust in God, but tie your camel tight.


    DIGG and bump! . Trust in
    On February 23rd, 2009 BeaReady says:
    DIGG and bump!

    Trust in God, but tie your camel tight.


    On February 22nd, 2009 BeaReady says:
    Come on DailyPaulers…….I know there’s still some major Diggers here and Augie has worked so hard to stay on this atrocious story. We must get the media to follow-up and keep bright light on this. They do watch DIGG.


    Trust in God, but tie your camel tight.


    No. 38 of 167,000 posts worldwide at top-rated WordPress
    On February 22nd, 2009 Augie says:
    Thanks to Daily Paul readers and C4L.

    What can you do? Diggit?

    Bump . .

    Great work Augie and good to
    On February 22nd, 2009 BeaReady says:
    Great work Augie and good to see your login troubles are fixed at C4L.
    Here’s the DIGG which I posted over there too. If you can include it up top on this post, that would be good.


    Trust in God, but tie your camel tight.


    New developments . . .
    On February 22nd, 2009 Augie says:
    As a result, a Family Farm and Food Freedom movement is now being undertaken in the state of Ohio. Monday is going to be good.

    Even if each one of us donated 1 dollar . . oh, are we powerful.
    On February 22nd, 2009 RawfoodLiberty says:
    Eating is a political act.
    The World Bank and the Trans-National corporations they represent say that “the rising tide of free trade will lift all economic boats.” The truth is: the more that countries export, and the more that developing countries rely on imported food, the hungrier the people become. We’re here today to stand in solidarity and say “no more”.

    And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

    On February 22nd, 2009 quiltingsando says:
    for discussion

    standing armies
    On February 22nd, 2009 rawhead says:
    i wonder if this is what the founders were talking about when they wrote about standing armies? if it’s not what is?

    Need Other News Channels like Daily Paul
    On February 22nd, 2009 Augie says:
    I need links to the top web channels like Daily Paul for:
    Freedom, natural and health food, homeschooling, farm freedom, alternative health/medicine, Christian conservatives and religious freedom.

    These would be news outlets that would allow posting or similar.

    Any suggestions?

    edit reply
    Post to Homeschool News sites/boards
    On February 22nd, 2009 Augie says:
    Could someone link this to homeschool news sites and boards. I have done all the marketing I can for now– besides I am studying my Bible on the spiritual significance of natural foods.

    edit reply
    On February 22nd, 2009 Pieter says:
    I wish this family much strength to cope with this opprobrious injustice.

    What is it with Ohio?
    On February 22nd, 2009 BigT says:
    I seem to be reading alot of bad stuff happening in Ohio lately.
    I sort of expect it in Kalifornia, and the Communist NorthEast.
    But, Ohio?

    I’d love to see
    On February 22nd, 2009 SoBe says:
    those bullies show up only to find an armed militia and about 100 hundred townspeople waiting for them.
    It’s going to come to that I think.

    “It’s just one big club… and WE ain’t in it!”

    HOT! 800 Reads in 12 Hours . . .
    On February 22nd, 2009 Augie says:
    This buried story has been raised from the dead with a new head-line. But nearly all the hits are from Daily Paul. This is a national landmark case. Why is it not being posted in other places? I have posted at oped.com, reddit, and craigslist (cleveland) and will put it on Stumble.com. I am fresh out of ideas.

    edit reply
    I heard this…
    On February 22nd, 2009 Hoffer says:
    circulating on some local radio stations. I live in Ohio, but not much news was reported on this incident. I brought this up in the daily paul meetup group I had attended last month, but shockingly no one had really heard about it. It is buried, ancient history, but last I had heard was that the family was not pursuing any punitive damages but rather the reassurance that this would never happen again to them or anyone in similar circumstances.

    It truly says something about the way this country is heading when the government can’t accept the fact that people can actually exist without its involvement….such a novel idea isn’t it? I wish the best for the family and community involved in this atrocity.

    On February 22nd, 2009 Soli says:
    It can’t be…can it?

    On February 22nd, 2009 MMJ Ministry says:
    “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement” – Thomas Jefferson

    dave, please keep us updated on this….
    On February 22nd, 2009 christopher X says:
    i hope that there is a sane judge in the lawsuit. it’s pretty bad when you have to hope for a sane judge to uphold Constitutional rights of people to be free of illegal search and seizures in this country.

    Other Health, Freedom and Food outlets?
    On February 22nd, 2009 Augie says:
    We have gotten about 300 reads in 4 hours, nearly all from Daily Paul. We specialize in Family Farm and Food Freedom news.

    Are there any other excellent circuits/boards as good as Daily Paul?

    It may not be as good…
    On February 22nd, 2009 Libera_me says:
    But have you tried http://www.breakthematrix.com ?

    Libera me, let the truth break, what my fears make–Leslie Phillips

    This is how it’s going to
    On February 21st, 2009 bigsurjune says:
    This is how it’s going to start. The revolution that everyone hopes for will start with something like this.

    In these times, people have no use for their laws.

    Someone is going to stand up to them and this will be the trigger….

    Try taking my guns . . .
    On February 21st, 2009 Augie says:
    But do not take my food and water . . .or somebody is likely to get hurt.

    edit reply
    The last of the small farmers are being coerced to leave.
    On February 21st, 2009 RawfoodLiberty says:
    Large-scale, single crop, industrial farms can produce a large amount of output per unit of labor, but diverse, sustainable crop systems are actually more productive in terms of output per unit of land.iv In other words, sustainable farms require more workers (and create more jobs), but produce more food on smaller plots of land than industrial farms.

    Also, increased food production by industrial farming has not managed to relieve any of the problems related to famine and hunger throughout the world.

    Access to quality food is threatend already. But it is a strong rally point.

    Wish I had ability to put
    On February 21st, 2009 BeaReady says:
    Wish I had ability to put story along with the Stowers video on dvd. Would be great handout!

    The Buckeye Institute in Columbus was involved in representing the family and I try to keep an eye on their ‘in the news’ page. Good bunch of patriots there.

    “The Columbus-based Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, a free market and individual liberty advocacy group, represented the Stowerses in the suit.”




    Trust in God, but tie your camel tight.


    On February 21st, 2009 Augie says:
    Thanks for the links, Bea

    edit reply
    How do we get this out to Freedom Circuits?
    On February 21st, 2009 Augie says:
    Does anybody know how to get this out to Freedom, Farm and Health Food Circuits?

    farmers markets
    On February 21st, 2009 entropypressStAt says:
    walk around and talk to people….

    This was on here
    On February 21st, 2009 LaughLoveLearn says:
    before, but maybe some didn’t see it. Hope this type of thing doesn’t happen again, but it will.

    Yea, I know . . .
    On February 22nd, 2009 Augie says:
    But there is new info and we have put it all together instead of snippets.

    edit reply

  30. I would like to read more, please update more and email me at mooxx@sohu.com thanks

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  32. great post(why i keep getting an error when i try to subscribe to your feed)?thanks

  33. I hate to be a party pooper, but I’m a little annoyed that people think we are *now* under a fascist state. The government has been taking away rights and doing raids like this one for years, way before Obama took office. (I didn’t vote for the man, but I think right-wingers are being beyond unfair to him. Y’all got a big ole 2×4 in your eyes and you’re ranting and raving about his speck.) None of you said anything because the people being raided were hippies. Now it’s you, and you’re having a meltdown.

    What did you *think* would happen? You have to be careful about your degree of willingness to violate other people’s Constitutional rights. When the machinery is put into place to harass hippies, or welfare mamas, or socialists, or gayfolk, or whoever, it’ll be left in place, and no matter who is in office, they will use that machinery. Sooner or later it comes back and bites you.

    When you can grasp the concept that ALL Americans are your countrypeople, even the ones you don’t agree with, then these raids will stop. Not before.

    A house divided against itself cannot stand.

    And WTH with reporting this to Glenn Beck and FOX News. You guys are against corporate power, right? At least as pertains to food? It’s just as bad in the media. Beck doesn’t care about you. He cares about ratings. I have the same problem with CNN. None of them are up there for our sakes. Only fattening their wallets.

  34. What ever happened with this? It is horrific and sad. Scary. Very upsetting.

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