Monday, July 11, 2011
Growing Veggies a Crime? Only in America
What would you think if your neighbor put in a yard like this? Did you know that the president and first lady are probably criminals at least in Oak Park, Mich.? Nice front yard? yes. The city of Oak Park, Mich. doesn't think so. In fact they are in the nasty job of taking the owner, Julie Bass to court, charging her with a misdemeanor for doing it. Now you know how much I hate politicians, bureaucrats and government telling people what to do- while I am not an anarchist, one would think that the city would consider the cost of organic veggies, the fact that Urban Agriculture is in fashion; and just back down. But alas. They just don't get it.
Ms. Bass who blogs on"Oak Park Hates Veggies", was not looking for a fight. Christ, she was just wanting to put something in her yard after sewage work was done. And personally, I think she made a great choice.
Neighbors interviewed about the garden both support it — “I think it's a very wonderful thing for our neighborhood” — and dislike it — “I know there’s a back yard. Do it in the back yard.”
Bass has a response for that: “They say, ‘Why should you grow things in the front?’ Well, why shouldn’t I? They’re fine. They’re pretty. They’re well maintained.” The garden is a place for the neighboring school children to learn more about were their food comes from. A Facebook page and a petition has been started to help the Bass family out
So do a bit for Urban Homesteading freedom and sign the petition or even better... write the prosecutors office and let her know how stupid trying this case is.