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Farm Food Voices DC 2008
2nd Annual National Small-farm Lobby Day and Legislative Reception
Wednesday March 5, 2008 Washington, DC
PLEASE BRING FOOD!

Who should bring food? Everyone.
Last year we had wonderful food from Bobolink Dairy of New Jersey, Restaurant Nora of Washington, DC, Amish farmers from Pennsylvania, area chefs and caterers, and numerous individuals.  In addition, farmers from around the country donated food that local families, including many Weston A. Price Foundation members, prepared and brought. This is a showcase for the food we advocate.  Let's feed our legislators real food!

FOOD COORDINATOR: Liz Reitzig, President, MICFA [email protected] 301.860.0535. 

Joel Salatin, Emcee
Congressmen Ron Paul and Bob Goodlatte have been invited to speak.

WHAT: Grassroots lobbying and legislative reception
WHERE: Room 1302 Longworth House Office Building (3rd floor), Washington, DC [Note room change from previous ALERT]
WHEN
: Wednesday March 5, 2008, all day, reception: 12:00 - 12:50
WHY: We want our federal legislators to know us, and our legislative goals, and we want to know them
 
Most federal legislators don’t know us or take us seriously.  We need to change that.

Farm Food Voices DC, 2008
Pro small/sustainable/independent farming, anti-NAIS

            The National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA) and state affiliates present the 2nd annual Farm Food Voices DC, a national grassroots lobby day, to engage our federal legislators with the small farm, local, sustainable, fresh dairy, consumer supported, real food movement and to oppose any government managed or funded NAIS.  Join artisanal food producers--farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, restaurateurs and more--and consumers from all over the country as we lobby our federal legislators to recognize that consumers want their food from unregulated small local farms and to oppose any government funded or managed NAIS.

We will provide Talking Points for lobbying and NICFA buttons to wear.  
(Talking Points to be posted on www.nicfa.org <http://www.nicfa.org>  closer to date). 

AGENDA:
9:00 -- 12:00 Drop off food in 1302 Longworth, then lobby your legislators (Make an appointment now)
12:00 -- 12:50 Reception, Room 1302 Longworth            
1:00 -- 5:00  Reception over.  Resume lobbying your legislators.  (Make an appointment now)
 
ACTIONS:
Please make three appointments, one with your Representative (Congressman/woman) and one with each of your two Senators.

  1. Call your U.S. Representative and Senators now and make an appointment to speak with them or their Ag Aide on March 5th, before or after the reception (staff aides are just as important as legislators). Find your legislators (enter zip in top of left column) at the following link http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/  or phone the U.S. Capitol: (202) 224-3121  BE PERSISTENT.
  2. Invite your legislators and their staff to the reception. Please FAX your invitation then follow up with a phone call.  Sample invitation below.

NOTE: If you cannot come to Washington, please make phone appointments with your legislators or their ag aides, explain to them why you oppose NAIS and ask them to please come to our reception on March 5, from 12:00 - 12:50 in Room 1302 Longworth.

INVITATION: 
Dear Congressman_______ or Senator_________,
 
            As your constituent, I invite you and your staff to a reception on Wednesday March 5, from 12:00 – 12:50, in Room 1302 Longworth, hosted by the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA).
              We will joyfully serve you food produced by independent unsubsidized farmers, from animals without Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, raised on open pastures on grass--not subsidized GMO grain, on private properties without Premises Registration numbers, with soils enriched by ecologically harmonious amendments like sea salt, compost, and natural mineral sources.  In short, we are not part of the industrial agriculture system.
            We are the rich tradition of heritage farming.  We are your local community family farm.  We are your neighbors.  Some of us are organically certified, some of us are beyond organic.  All of us, and the consumers who depend on us, warmly invite you to partake of our real food and to learn more about us.
            If you are unable to attend, we request that you send your agricultural aide in your stead.
 
Many thanks,
 
Your name
Address
Phone number

YOU MUST INCLUDE address and phone # or they will ignore the invitation—they have to verify you are from their district/state.

GETTING THERE:
The Longworth House Office Building is on Independence Ave., S.E., in a quadrangle formed by Independence Ave., S.E., New Jersey Ave., S.E., C St., S.E., and South Capitol Street, S.E.  The main entrance is on Independence Ave.

  • By subway: Capitol South Station (355 First Street, S.E.--on First St., S.E., between C St., S.E. and D St., S.E.), an orange/blue-line transfer station, two blocks from Longworth.
  • By car: your best bet for parking is Union Station, at the intersection of North Capitol St. and Massachusetts Ave., N.E.  From Union Station, walk 5 blocks south on 1st St., N.E., to Independence Ave. S.E.. Turn right on Independence and walk one block to New Jersey.  Turn left on New Jersey and enter building on right.

LINKS FOR MAPS AND DC RESOURCES (hotels, etc…):

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE <http://www.nicfa.org/donatehere.html> TO NICFA 
Event information: www.nicfa.org <http://www.nicfa.org>  Email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>   Phone: Liz Reitzig 301.860.0535
Looking forward to seeing you March 5th,
Deborah Stockton, Executive Director
National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA)
[email protected]
http://www.nicfa.org

The National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade 
that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.

We oppose any government funded or managed National Animal Identification System.