Mark got a call today from the USDA today. They had gotten an anonymous complaint that read like a litany of past and future projected transgressions. Basically that 1) the place looked like a commercial farm 2) we were operating without the appropriate licenses for selling eggs and pork 3) we would continue these illegal activities at our new farm 4) we had been doing so for the past four years
Given the details it is disheartening that this was most likely a person we know. It goes to show that it doesn’t matter how well you try to do the right thing respectfully in your community – someone will not like it.
My husband explained that we sold the eggs from our own chickens on our front porch (legal with no licenses needed). How we sold our pork by the whole or half animal with customer butchering (again, all legal) and that we claim the farm income on our taxes and have an EIN.
The USDA case worker said we were good to go and the case was closed. Still, unsettling to know the lengths someone in your own community will go to complain about you with little or no information about what is allowed or permitted.