Vernon Hershberger Trial

Sauk County Courthouse Baraboo WI
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 9:00am to Friday, May 24, 2013 - 4:00pm

Wisconsin farmer, Vernon Hershberger is facing criminal charges for feeding his community.  Vernon supplies wholesome food to a private food club of 200 members.  The outcome of his trial will set precedent for all food clubs around the country! If Vernon is found guilty, not only could he go to prison for more than a year, we will see criminal charges, or the threat of criminal charges, used to shut down buying clubs around the country and limit the food choices of peaceful Americans!

While Vernon is on trial in the courtroom, raw milk is on trial in the court of public opinion.  Join us for a “Grow Your Food Freedom” meeting and networking event happening in conjunction with the trial.  Notable speakers/activists from around the country will be sharing their knowledge at this community event.  There will be movie screenings in the evenings.  The Grow Your Food Freedom event will be at the Al Ringling Theater across the street from the courthouse.  (schedule below) Local/real foods lunches and dinners will be available to purchase.  Please join us!  Sponsored by the Farm Food Freedom Coalition

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Please attend Court in support of Vernon Hershberger!

May 20-24 2013

Sauk County courthouse


1. Attend the trial and events. 

2. Donate to Vernon’s legal defense fund or in support of “Grow Your Food Freedom.

3.  Bring Your own Raw Milk!  This is a BYORM event!  Stand in solidarity with Vernon and other peaceful farmers who are being criminalized for distribution of fresh milk!  Bring your own to this event!

Schedule for the Grow Your Food Freedom Event

Monday-Thursday of the trial, we will host a catered lunch (Chipotle) and a catered dinner featuring local foods and drink in the Al Ringling theater across the street from the courthouse. lunch and dinner will have a cost but the proceeds are going to Vernon and other local food efforts. Each day will also feature a brief recap of the trial.

Monday--Mark McAfee and Michael Badnarik followed, most likely, by a screening of Farmageddon.

Tuesday Ajna Sharma-Wilson, attorney from CA who worked with Rawesome, Deborah Evans from Bagaduce Farm in Maine, Mark Baker from Michigan and Alvin Schlangen from Minnesota will discuss challenges and successes in the food freedom movement. They will be followed by a debate on legalization vs decriminalization of raw milk moderated by David Gumpert. That will be followed by a discussion of food sharing structures. e.g. food clubs, coops, herd shares etc. 

Wednesday will feature Cornucopia Institute Founder, Mark Kastel who will be leading a discussion on "the bigger picture of food" including GMOs, getting a consumer base active and involved. That will be followed by a screening of Genetic Roulette.

Thursday Joel Salatin from Polyface Farm in VA and Eustace Conway from Turtle Island Preserve in NC will join us for a discussion on food and farming freedom and David Gumpert will be speaking on and signing copies of his BRAND NEW (that is the first day it will be available) book, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights." 

Friday is the last day and we will have lunch in the theater but not supper. After the trial we will meet in the nearby park (weather permitting) and discuss results and next steps. See you there!!!

For those attending from out of town:

Transportation/Carpooling coordinator--Dick Suanders,

Volunteer coordinator--Nicole


The Best Western Baraboo Inn has set aside a block of rooms for Mr. Hershberger and his supporters.

Group Name: Hershberger Trial

Arrival Date: May 19th, 2013

Departure Date: May 25th, 2013

*Guests may reserve a night for one or all of the nights that fall within the arrival and departure dates.

Room Rate: $60.00 (plus taxes)

Room Types: 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds (room rate is the same for either room type)

Release Date: Monday, 13th, 2013

Reservations may be made by calling our front desk directly at 608.356.1100 or 800.831.3881 (toll free).

Please feel free to call us or visit our website at if you’d like more information about our hotel. Please note that reservations will only be made at the $60 rate by calling our front desk directly.