Be Ready for the Men with Guns – How to Prepare for a Raid

November 29, 2011 · 7 comments

At the Wise Traditions conference in Dallas recently, I met John Moody who has quite a story. He spoke at the Chapter Leader’s meeting on how to be prepared in case you’re raided by a government agency over raw milk, or some other equally menacing food rights issue. (Such law-breakers we Real Foodies are.) John said that he told his small kids, “Someday men with guns might come to our house, but it’s OK.” He did that to prepare them for what would surely be a frightening situation. (Be sure to watch the Rawesome raid video and also read about the Manna Storehouse raid if you haven’t already.)  John knew there would be government action at some point against the food buyers club he manages, and he was right. Thankfully there were no guns this time…

Read the rest of this article on the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund site, where I am now proud to be a contributing writer.  :)

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    1 %kelly the kitchen kop% via Facebook November 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Easy, build a Berlin wall.


    2 Kendahl November 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Way to go, Kelly! This is awesome, and I loved reading your article :)


    3 Ann Marie @ CHEESESLAVE November 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    What a fabulous post!!!! Brought tears to my eyes!


    4 Upgeya December 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    In answer to your question, Kelly, encrypt your files using the free shareware called TrueCrypt (
    and store them offsite using DropBox (

    Both are free.


    5 matt December 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Hi, I just read you article as it came through the FTCLDF newsletter today. Thanks! You asked the question about maintaining phones and contacts. I find it valuable to keep spare phones around (each car, backpack, fire safe). these phones are old cheap ebay phones ($10). I make sure to get a phone that will sync its contacts with my google account, that way they all have an identical up-to-date contact lists with no effort. I activate them with a pay-per-use cards from a carrier like pageplus cellular (they are a Verizon reseller, only much cheaper). There are cards that don’t expire for a year. This way if we ever forget or break a phone, or a friend needs to borrow one, or a battery just goes dead while you are away from home, one is waiting nearby.


    6 NA August 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Kelly, CrashPlan is a consumer-friendly backup solution that allows you to encrypt your files as you back them up – specifically, unlike most providers who offer ‘encryption’, CrashPlan offers a high security setting where ONLY YOU — NOT the company –has access to your decryption password, and thus, even if asked for the data, it’s not useful (just a blog of encrypted data). This is called “client side encryption” and is UNLIKE DropBox, Google, Carbonite, Mozy and most of the others. I did a ton of research and finally settled on this company for my own data. It’s free to backup (also encrypted) to local external hard drives, and $5/month to the cloud. Hope this helps.


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