Consumers and Farmers to Take their Message to Congress

The annual lobby day for small, sustainable farms is coming up again this coming Wednesday, March 16th. This is your chance to join us once again as we take our support for unrestrained farm to consumer direct sales to our politicians on the Hill.

The Farm Food Voices Farm Table Feast this year is from 12-2pm. This legislative reception will be held in the Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, from 12:00-2:00pm. Our citizen lobbying effort takes place both before and after the mixer.


Farm Foods Bus will be parked outside Russell Senate Office Building

According to organizer, Liz Reitzig, “again this year, the region’s best Chef’s have joined their voices with ours and our local farmers’ to present for Congress and us a catered affair that would make a Kennedy envious.”

Thanks to Liz’s outreach efforts, Poste Brasserie is returning, along with Coppi’s, Restaurant 3, Nora’s, Food Matters, Lavender Moon and Krishon Chocolates. Making their debuts this year are Level Small Plates Lounge, Equinox, Ivy Inn and Maple Avenue Restaurant. Plus two of Top Chef’s finalists will be representing their kitchens—Volt and Alchemy by Carla Hall. Main Event, just awarded Best Caterer in the Country, has graciously agreed to organize the load in, setup and load out. And, they’ll be roasting a whole pig from a local farm again this year!

Chefs and caterers from some of the finest restaurants in our region will serve dishes showcasing the beauty and bounty of America’s heritage farmers. It is especially significant that fine dining chefs are joining their voices with ours, in defense of local food systems and traditional, artisan foods.


Mark Lilly Giving Children a Taste for Farm Foods

Emceed by Joel Salatin, the reception will feature a number of distinguished speakers including:

• Jonathan Emord, Esq., Author of The Rise of Tyranny and Global Censorship of Health Information, has defeated the FDA 6 times in federal court

• Bryan Voltaggio, chef/owner of acclaimed VOLT restaurant and season six runner-up of the TV series Top Chef

• Kristin Canty, producer and director of Farmageddon, the movie that depicts dwindling food sovereignty in America and the extreme measures the state uses to attack farmers growing healthy food

• Mark Lilly, founder and owner of Farm to Family bus, bringing fresh produce and farm food to people in central Virginia and transforming the American food landscape


• Contact your Representative and Senators and invite them to the reception. (You will need to obtain the email address of their scheduler and make a formal request through them.

Please email us at once you have an appointment scheduled.

• Volunteer or donate – Donations and volunteers always welcome! Contact Liz Reitzig 301-807-5063

• Plan to attend – Sign-up for NICFA Alerts to take part in the lobby day training and take the message directly to your legislators!

• Spread the word – Blog, tweet, or share details of this event with your social network. For more information, visit or the Farm Food Voices event blog.

Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for the Weston A. Price Foundation.