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Food tyrants threaten Michigan woman with jail time for planting vegetable garden
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Insanity! Food tyrants threaten Michigan woman with jail time for planting a vegetable garden. This is from Oak Park, Michigan, where the city planner's office is threatening Julie Bass with jail time. Here's their contact info: http://www.oakpark-mi.com/city_directory/index.asp

NaturalNews will be publishing a feature article on this issue shortly. Also, check Julie's blog: http://oakparkhatesveggies.wordpress.com

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Posted 8/4/2011 4:32:38 AM
So much for living in a free country...or minding your own business. This is what life becomes when nosy neighbors decide they have the right to dictate the free use of their neighbors property. And I don't give a squat about the usual whiners who cry about "city codes" and "farms"-just mind your own business.
Posted 7/15/2011 3:38:28 AM
This is what Australian suburban local governments are doing - some not only support sustainable community living, but encourage it with competitions and prizes for the best efforts! http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/green-thumbs-grow-sustainable-success-in-dulwich-hill/story-e6freuy9-1226086686433 http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/vegies-grow-bonds/ http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/housing/renting/social-housing/tenant-participation/communal-vegetable-gardens http://www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/template.asp?navSelect=12&mainNavID=12&pageRecID=883 To those who say she should use her back yard, remember that we have no choice which side of the house is the sunny side!
Posted 7/13/2011 2:28:18 PM
You people have obviously never been to Eugene Oregon. Or Oregon in general. We have LOTS of beautiful front yard gardens. We support food and not lawns. The person who says that you spend more money growing your own food has no clue! If you have a garden for longer than one year, things start self seeding, growing much bigger. Plus you get something to show for the money you spend on water. And you really don't have to fertalize at all.. Vegetables have an amazing will to grow big and tall.. You can even do it all year long. You should respect the womans choice to not buy a bag of grass seed and instead grow something for the betterment of her family. And who knows, maybe she's growing food in her back yard too.. And sometimes gardens start off slow. Maybe she plans to fill in the extra space with pea gravel and flowers.. Give her a break. It does no harm to you.. Does it? It isn't negatively affecting any one is it? besides your idea of what a neighborhood "should" look like.. Well I
Posted 7/13/2011 9:31:08 AM
A few of you made good points. Is there something wrong with her back yard? I'm sure she has plenty of room. If you want to live on a farm, move to one. I understand you want to grow your own food, do it in your back yard. Do you really save money growing your own when you factor in water and fertilizers? Point being, the city has codes so you can drive theough the city and have it look halfway nice. What if I collect old rusted cars and tires and call it art. Can I put that in my front yard? I think the lady had an idea and wanted to put her hobby in the front yard and does not care to follow city code. I would bet if the city had a vote the residents would not want to change it to add turning the city into a farmtown.
Posted 7/12/2011 8:32:58 AM
you need the legal definition of "common". Lawyers do not used Websters dictionary.
Posted 7/11/2011 2:50:29 PM
All she has to do is plant some ornamental plants in among her veggies and then it's what they call out West 'sustainable landscaping'. Yeah, it could be prettier, but who has that kind of money right now? The neighbors that agree with her aught to donate some 'suitable' plant material. I'll mail her some seeds and bulbs myself!
Posted 7/11/2011 12:38:32 PM
Interesting, I just looked up "suitable" in Websters dictionary. suit·able adj \ˈsü-tə-bəl\ Definition of SUITABLE 1 obsolete : similar, matching 2 a : adapted to a use or purpose b : satisfying propriety : proper c : able, qualified Actually, I looked it up in several dictionaries and could only find it in Websters under obsolete. Obsolete is defined as: Definition of OBSOLETE a : no longer in use or no longer useful b : of a kind or style no longer current : old-fashioned If these people know how to defend themselves, this town does not have a chance. If I take an expired drivers license and with it drive a car and am pulled over, I will be arrested. The license is technically obsolete although it is still me in the picture, all my information is unchanged, but the license is no longer good.
Posted 7/10/2011 11:27:40 PM
That "lawyer" is dead wrong. Merriam-Webster online (www.m-w.com) ACTUALLY defines "Suitable" as: a: "adapted to a use or purpose " or b: "satisfying propriety : proper ". It really looks like this "lawyer" guy is fishing for money, at the expense of private citizens &/or the city.
Posted 7/10/2011 5:23:30 PM
In this day and age, people have to do what they can to get by, that includes growing their own vegetables, because our FOOD PRICES ARE SKYROCKETING! Even alot of Cities are changing their city codes now to allow people to raise chickens in the city. Get with the times Oak Park and quit wasting taxpayers money on prosecuting and ticketing someone trying to grow some food for their family. Put taxpayers money to better use!!! this is SO WRONG!!!!!
Posted 7/10/2011 5:03:45 PM
I looked up the word, "suitable" at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suitable?fb_comment_id=fbc_10150110980381342_17473327_10150231905536342, & nowhere does it say the word "common", and then I looked up the word "common" at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common?fb_comment_id=fbc_316042774989_13071609_357329269989, and nowhere does it say the word "suitable". As a matter of fact, when I looked up that word "suitable, the definition comes back as "2 a : adapted to a use or purpose ". I believe, and I feel that most of this world believes, that vegetables do serve a purpose, no matter where you plant them. I just had a salad, and 100% of the ingredients in it were vegetables, and I enjoy eating vegetables, as I "use" them in my salads! The fact is, I feel that most of these lawyers, and politicians, are way too educated to realize that if they just looked in a dictionary, the word "suitable" is a personal term. How do I use vegetables might be different from how these
Posted 7/10/2011 4:19:29 PM
The city guy Kevin Rickouski, said suitable means common "according to Webster's Dictionary". Well looks like the city guy needs to go back to school or look in a real dictionary. This is according to the REAL Webster's Dictionary, "Suitable adj. right or appropriate for a particular person, person, or situation.
Posted 7/10/2011 3:59:32 PM
I have to agree wtih the city government as they are looking out for the best interests of hte community. It looks hideous and not at all aesthetically pleasing. Our mores and rules are there for a reason. Just think if everyone used their front lawns for growing corn and all types of veggies and fruit trees. city folks have to consider the consequences of such actions. She needs to move the garden to the back yard. Just do it. And learn WHY we the people do not allow city gardens in the front yards!! Anarchy abounds in the name of freedom!
Posted 7/10/2011 2:53:37 PM
Maybe Kevin is an 'unsuitable' city official. What's next? Burn it with the Witches and books? I would suggest everyone who thinks this is rediculous should plant huge gardens in their front yards. Not to be a rebel, but for beautification.
Posted 7/10/2011 2:14:46 PM
lady, dl the facts about jury nullification, make sure all jurors read and know about this and the judge, i AM SURE CORRUPT AND BOUGHT OFF AS MOST ARE, CAN DO NOTHING judges lawyers for crab bait, this is all they are good for now in amerika this suit told her! what a worthless fool
Posted 7/10/2011 1:02:50 PM
Food Tyrants? This is a little ridiculous. If she did this in her back yard I would agree with calling them Food Tyrants. This is not a matter of food freedom. This is a matter of city code. NOBODY plants vegetables in their front yard. Why did she continue to plant vegetables after being told it was against the law? Mike, I agree with most of your views with regard to governmental and institutional degradation of personal freedoms but I think you are exaggerating these claims. What upsets me the most is that I am afraid that people will start to not take naturalnews.com seriously if you continue to post similar stories.
Posted 7/10/2011 12:57:37 PM
This is ridiculous that this is even happening. This is not only about food/growing your own food, but this is also about property rights as well. It is HER property so she should be able to do what she wants with it...and if that means she wants to plant a vegetable garden in her front yard then so be it. No one, especially the government, should be able to tell her that she cannot. I really do hope that she has/gets a good lawyer.
Posted 7/10/2011 12:40:15 PM
I have vegetables and fruit planted in the front yard along with flowers and shrubs. With a little creativity and experimentation, few notice it's a vegetable garden. Those wooden raised frames are neat, but better suited to the back yard. Unfortunately, communities and jealous neighbors have nothing to do but harass people, and promote uniformity and mediocrity. I say bravo to this family who know better than to just plant grass, which is expensive to maintain, requires a lot of water, not to mention toxic pesticides, and produces nothing of value.
Posted 7/10/2011 12:30:25 PM
a few days ago this story was posted on my FB page, quickly signed the petition & signed up for her blog, this is a big waste of public funding, like i wrote it's not like they have an old bath tube, rusty washing machine & a rusty studebaker with last x.mas lights aglow, it looks like well cared for plant beds, she after all pays city taxes i assume.......oh, what do i know i am only a blank, blank tree hugger.
Posted 7/10/2011 12:20:11 PM
This happened to a woman in Milwaukee County, WI, quite a few years ago. She lived on my block, and it was not offensive at all! We need food, we don't need this kind of tyranny!
Posted 7/10/2011 12:17:06 PM
Seriously? Oak Park, Michigan has enough money in the budget to pursue this case after cancelling fireworks? Who are the people who "cared very much"? She has a right to confront her abusers. Do people realize that they use MORE water to keep a lawn green than to grow food? Thanks for posting this. I'm seeing more and more stories about people being prosecuted for growing their own food. My guess is that this is personal - someone doesn't like her or her garden *being different.*
Posted 7/10/2011 12:15:48 PM
Who needs neighbors like that? They probably haven't seen a vegetable before and eat everything from polystyrene boxes from the take-away! If the law is performed properly it will be a common law trial in a court de jure and not a legal trial, which is all about the money and power and nothing about justice. Those food tyrants at City Hall should go and get a life, there are people starving to death and they are up in arms about someone growing veg to feed the family. Go Girl Power and anyone else who wants to grow veg in their front garden or anyone else on their land.

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