Saturday, July 09, 2011

Resident Faces 93 Days in Jail For Vegetable Garden

Facing jail for having a garden in your front yard?  Come on!  This is outrageous.  It's YOUR property and your house. You are told that you can have trees, bushes, flowers, weeds, dirt.....


I don't know this really bothers me.  Here's the story.

A Michigan resident is facing up to 93 days in jail for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard, reports.

Julie Bass, of Oak Park, Michigan was first given a warning followed by a ticket and now she is being charged with a misdemeanor for her simple front-yard garden.

"I think it's sad that the City of Oak Park that's already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us," Bass told FOX 2's Alexis Wiley.

The city is claiming that the garden violates a city code which states that front yards must consist of suitable, live plant material to which Bass responds, "We think it's suitable."

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," Bass told the station.

"I could sell out and save my own self and just not have them bother me anymore, but then there's no telling what they're going to harass the next person about," continued Bass.
A pretrial is scheduled for July 26 and a jury trial could be next.


The Father of Five said...

Ooo, that makes my blood boil!

It's issues like this, an like my inability to put a backyard shed on my property that pushes me towards (lowercase L) libertarianism...

I wish Ms. Bass all the best in her plight against the city!

Amy said...

That is ludicrous!!

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

Honestly? The veggie beds are the best part of the front yard. Is that MULCH all over the place? Looks horrible. Much of her patio furniture in other pics looks nasty, rickety, rusty etc. and are eyesores. She really ought to buy new furniture or pitch the old stuff.

But the veggies should stay! I hope they find a compromise b/c I noticed on their blog they DID also plant flowers, etc. and it isn't all vegetables.