VICFA was started by a handful of individuals in central
Virginia who are deeply concerned about the
of small farm sales direct to consumers.
Consumers were, in fact, being denied their right to
have fresh, wholesome foods from
farmers whom they knew
and trusted. Incorporated in April of 2001 as a
non-profit corporation, VICFA's mission statement
and remains: "To promote and preserve unregulated
direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters
availability of locally-grown
or home-produced food
products." Our first President was Matt Cauley of
Our current President is Lois Smith of
Past Presidents include
Wayne Bolton of Farmville, Virginia, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, Richard Bean
of Double H
and Willard Lutz of Conicville Ostrich Farm.
is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer to
consumer trade that fosters availability of locally
or home-produced food products.
2013 - VICFA was asked to be a part of the On-farm
activity work group that resulting in legislation SB 51
and HB268 that helps protect Virginia from counties
requiring farmers to have a permit for usual and
customary activities such as lawful direct farm to
consumer sells and agri-tourism
2013 - VICFA worked with Delegate Orrock to amend
his home-processing bill to specific language. We were
concerned because Delegate Orrock had failed to vote on
the bill in the past. This bill included pickles and
fermented vegetables, pasta, dried herbs, flavored
vinegars etc. This bill passed unanimously both houses
and was signed into law 3/13/13 and went into effect
July 1, 2013.
2012 - VICFA help get direct sales of pickles,
pasta, granola, teas, flavored vinegars etc... legal to
sell without the government in our kitchen, VICFA
lobbied for pickles for 4 years before passage.
2012 - VICFA continues to lobby for the "Pickle
Bill" introduced by Delegate Habeeb. The bill died in
Sub-committee without a motion. Subcommittee members
Orrock, Marshall, Poindexter, Knight, Moorefield, James,
Sickle, seemed not to like the bill.
2011 - VICFA Holds a special sit down dinner at
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner prepared by Chef Thomas
Elder using locally farmed ingredients, with guest
speakers Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and John
Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute, educating people
about the importance of food freedom.
2011 - VICFA hires a professional graphic artist to
do newsletter and website.
2011 - VICFA lobbies to pass "Pickle Bill" in
Senate. We withdraw because of amendments that will take
away more rights. Senator McDougle sponsors bill. Sen.
Hanger tries to amend the bill to have more regulations.
Good thing we made Senator McDougle put in writing that
we have the right to pull bill because he did not want
to pull it after amendments were put on.
2010 - VICFA members challenged the state over
2010 - VICFA has Delegate Tuscano sponsor "Pickle
Bill". Bill dies without a motion in sub- committee
2008 - VICFA opposes the scrapie regulations which
make all sheep and goat owners subject to regulations of
animal identification. Violators will be charged with a
class 1 misdemeanor. VICFA supported Kathryn Russell and
her court challenge of these regulations which was taken
all the way the United Stated Supreme Court to no avail.
2008 - VICFA passes the Kitchen Bill that allows the
sale of baked goods, jams and jellies, candies without
government inspections directly to the consumer.
2008 - VICFA monetarily supports the radio program
"Farmers' Market Reporter" hosted by VICFA's president
2006 - Bad husbandry practices from big Ag made
Avian Flu become a real threat to their industry.
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(VDACS) tried to pass a bill that would make outdoor
poultry a crime. VICFA was able to get the bill amended
that protected for now the growing numbers of
pasture-based poultry producers.
2006 to present - VICFA continues to oppose the
National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Our
efforts help block a provision in the farm bill that
would have allowed the government to make (NAIS)
2005 - Our first annual Farm Food Voices is held in
Albemarle County. This is a success with great speaker
and a farm fresh food banquet. Great crowds and
2005 - When Governor Mark Warner signed regulation
that would make it a crime for citizens to make products
from their dairy animals, VICFA's efforts help get a law
that stated dairy owners could make products for their
over the years:
works to keep a close eye on the Virginia General
Assembly, and has been successful in amending
legislation which could have hurt small producers.
We also watch the regulating agencies, and take a
stand against regulations that are too stringent, such
as the Virginia Scrapie Regulations for goats and sheep.
was one of the first groups to speak out against NAIS,
the National Animal Notification System, as it would
have severely hurt small farmers.
To aid in the fight against NAIS, VICFA was
instrumental in establishing the National Independent
Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA).
Additionally, VICFA staged several lobbying
events on the federal level.
NICFA has since become
are pleased that the USDA has technically abandoned this
program, due to the extent of opposition.
has a presence throughout the state, when it comes to the
opportunity of spreading our message.
From FOX News to "Meet The Farmer TV", VICFA
members have been on the air whenever possible.
Past VICFA President, Wayne Bolton previously hosted a weekly
radio program, the Farmers Market Report.
VICFA is very concerned about the control that large food
corporations have over legislators.
VICFA Aims to Make a Difference
Recall after recall has become a standard.
Local, direct-to-consumer offers safer alternatives to
yet the food conglomerates continually seek to
pose taxing regulations on local foods.