New Farmers Market Legal Toolkit Free Speech Resource
Posted On: December 10, 2020
Many farmers markets face questions about free speech—in particular, what types of restrictions markets can place on activities like leafleting, political campaigning, and protesting. Are farmers markets obligated to allow these types of activities as exercises of free speech under the First Amendment?
A new factsheet, available here, aims to answer this complicated question. Reference it for a background on the legal context of free speech, find out what types of speech can be restricted at any market, and use handy decision trees to make market rules without infringing upon First Amendment rights.
The factsheet is available on the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit website, along with many other open-access legal resources that help markets become more resilient and accessible.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit is a guide to help farmers market operators manage and mitigate risk. It is not to be used as specific legal advice or as a replacement for the expertise of a lawyer.