Duarte Nursery Stands Up

$21,836 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 145 people in 7 months
Jeff Duarte  HUGHSON, CA
I’m John Duarte. I’m a farmer in California, and I'm in court fighting the federal government over whether farming is a violation of federal law. They want to fine me $8 million just for plowing my own land.

 There are some spots in my field where water stands after a rain. I often don’t plow or plant in those areas, even though they are dry most of the time. But in 2012, I did plow one of these spots about seven inches deep to plant wheat. Regulators hit me with an order to stop, and when I challenged their authority in court, they countersued. Now they are demanding penalties that would wipe me out. They've even threatened to take my home.

So far, one federal court has sided with the government. But I'm determined to continue this fight, because no farmer in America should have to tolerate such an abuse of power. 

 Today, I have a mortgage on 450 acres of California farm land that a court has ordered me not to farm. My legal bills are $1.5 million and growing. And what the courts eventually decide about my own farm will have far-reaching effects on farmers across the nation. 

 The government wants the courts to interpret the law the way the government wishes it was written. Congress wrote the federal Clean Water Act to not regulate normal farming. But now regulators want to use that law against me and other farmers even when our farming does nothing to harm the environment. That flies in the face of everything I believe, as a farmer and as an American.

This isn’t right. Federal regulators want to control ordinary farming. They're starting with me and a few others. We need to stop them before they put more farm families in economic peril--before they make farming a federal offense.

I’m drawing the line right here, in my field.

If you care about farming, if you care about justice and you agree enough is enough, I hope you will stand with me. Please give generously to the Duarte Defense fund.

For more information click the link below:
http://fbvideos.org/video/california-farmers-stand-up-to-federal-enforcers-on-water-regulations/4670838358001
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Giuseppe Filpi
2 months ago

Before I donate I would like to know the total profit before your own personal wages, all of your endeavors generates, including the nursery.

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Debbie Register
2 months ago

Have you tried this? https://www.farmaid.org/our-work/farm-advocate-link/

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Stephanie Kossert
5 months ago

Id like an address please to send the donation to, its from natrona county farm and ranch bureau, in wyoming thanks

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Lowell Webb
6 months ago

Any address to send a check?

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John Duarte
7 months ago

Thank all of you who donate and promote this campaign. We all recognize that the implications for farmers, property owners and everyone who works for them are severe. It will be a long fight. I am thankful it is not a lonely one.

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$21,836 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 145 people in 7 months
Created September 12, 2016
$500
Anonymous
1 month ago
TW
$100
Terrence Wilson
1 month ago

Big government is our adversary.

JB
$1,000
John Bambury
1 month ago

I greatly believe in your effort.

CB
$500
Contra Costa County Farm Bureau
1 month ago

Good luck to you!

$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
MV
$500
Michael Vellutini
1 month ago

This is another example of the EPA running roughshod over rural America and private property rights. Good luck to you and your family, John. And thank you for taking a stand.

MF
$30
MONICA FIORILO
1 month ago

Ecco che viene espontaneo girare la testa per vedere la gente "ecologica", che parla di "sostenibilità" dalla sedia di qualche ufficio nelle grande città; che con la propria ignoranza fa danno, non solo all'ambiente ma alle persone che vivono della terra, la amano e la coltivano.... sono solo dei cialtroni ignoranti!!!

SZ
$25
Signe Zoller
1 month ago
PB
$50
Pat Burns
1 month ago

I agree with what you are doing John, thank you for taking a stand

$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
Giuseppe Filpi
2 months ago

Before I donate I would like to know the total profit before your own personal wages, all of your endeavors generates, including the nursery.

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Debbie Register
2 months ago

Have you tried this? https://www.farmaid.org/our-work/farm-advocate-link/

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Stephanie Kossert
5 months ago

Id like an address please to send the donation to, its from natrona county farm and ranch bureau, in wyoming thanks

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Lowell Webb
6 months ago

Any address to send a check?

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John Duarte
7 months ago

Thank all of you who donate and promote this campaign. We all recognize that the implications for farmers, property owners and everyone who works for them are severe. It will be a long fight. I am thankful it is not a lonely one.

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