Saturday, July 09, 2011
Oak Park, MI has threatened lady with jail for growing veggies in her front yard. t.co/X6q3zIg tinyurl.com/3ef8yzm
Yes, seriously. After the city dug up her yard instead of replanting grass (which perhaps the city should have done?) she put in raised beds and put in a garden. Vegetables are not inexpensive. By gardening in the front yard one can be social. This lady and her family are showing how to tend to something so it will grow and produce. Can you do that with flowers, sure, but vegetables and herbs are lovely too and provide more nourishment to the homeowner. Perhaps a kid will get his or her first taste off the vine? We live at a time where we fear people stay inside attached to electronics, do not eat nutritious food, are overweight, plus the US White House has a garden, and I think these gardens look well maintained, and the plants are suitable for the environment and location. At least this looks better than my yard and I have not been ticketed for anything. I suppose my neighbors are nicer or really do not care that much.
Near Detroit I would think they might have other 'unsuitable' things to deal with. Guess this one was something they felt they could handle.
Goes to court July 26 supposedly. Lady says she is fighting and demanding a jury trial. I hope her neighbors who support her break ground themselves.