York Hall will play host to two events Wednesday, with protesters gathering to support farming rights for an hourlong rally before a public hearing on potential changes to the county’s zoning ordinance that could curb farming activities on more than 6,000 properties in the county.
The rally begins at 6 p.m. and is described as a pitchfork rally, though one of the organizers cautioned participants not to bring pitchforks. Attending the rally will be Del. Brenda Pogge (R-96), King George County Supervisor Ruby Brabo and Lois Gibbons, the president of the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association along with other farming activists. It is meant to serve as a place for citizens and other interested parties to gather to protest the potential changes.
Behind the rally is a group of county citizens, said Anthony Bavuso, a Seaford oyster farmer who is a member of the group. The group is also behind the website PreservePropertyRights.com, which has tracked the potential changes since they were first announced by the county in late March.
In an interview with WYDaily last week, Dandy resident and oyster farmer Greg Garrett said he was a member of the group and behind the production and distribution of a flyer mailed to homes in the county that announced the group and the rally.