By Alex McGrath, Guest Contributor
Virginia’s Favorite Peacemaking Farmer and American Property Rights Hero, Martha Boneta was honored with a Commendation by the 2016 Virginia General Assembly.
No individual is more deserving of a commendation than Virginia’s “Gentle-Woman Kind-Hearted Farmer,” Martha Boneta. Adored and respected by all, from the far left to the far right, Boneta is the ultimate game changer. So what’s her agenda? Is she climbing the ladder to be Governor one day? Wants a job as a lobbyist? There’s got to be a conspiracy here somewhere, right? Not at all. To the shock of the jaded cynical operatives, Boneta wants nothing to do with running for political office. However, she does have an objective, Boneta dreams of growing the the very best heirloom “Rebel Freedom Tomatoes” in Virginia on her family farm. Yup, that’s right. Boneta can move mountains and has changed the course of history, but all she wants to do is grow delicious tomatoes.
Boneta created a national tsunami of advocates for property rights, economic liberty and family farms. Plowing through the “Grass Ceiling” in a highly politically charged volatile climate. Boneta is a rare jewel of grace under fire. Becoming a political king maker without even trying, candidates now flock for Boneta’s blessing. Yet, this cause celebre’s humility is surprisingly refreshing. Asked daily if she will run for office, Boneta responds “I’m humbled but I’ll never run for office. All I ever wanted to do was grow vegetables for my community and take care of animals. That’s all I ever dreamed of and that’s what I’m going to do.” But don’t be mistaken, Boneta’s tenacity is unshakable, “It shouldn’t be this hard for a family farmer to grow and sell a tomato! Property Rights matter, Jobs matter and People matter. I’m not going away. I love Virginia and our great country,” said Boneta with a smile and twinkle in her eyes.
Boneta is the subject of an inspiring award winning documentary about her struggle over coming corruption and over regulation on her family farm. The film is now being shown in Universities across the nation. Boneta’s well-documented multi-year memoirs of a vicious land grab attempt to force her family off of their farm is also the subject of an upcoming PBS special and book expected out in the fall of 2017.
Boneta’s legacy will be remembered in the halls of the Virginia Capitol as proof that truth, justice and the American Dream are alive and well in the Old Dominion. “We are blessed to have principled leaders in Virginia,” said Boneta adding “Don’t give up. We have some of the greatest legislators in the nation.”
Visit Martha Boneta at her farm. You’ll find her in old ragged boots mucking stalls, feeding chickens and goats and fixing fences. Be prepared to walk away shaking your head amazed that this seemingly unassuming woman has the Rolodex of some of the most powerful people in America.
We can all learn a lot from this passionate humble farmer.
Article written by: Tom White