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War on home gardens - Canada town outlaws food self-sufficiency

War on home gardens - Canada town outlaws food self-sufficiency

Monday, August 06, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) A Canadian couple that has been growing a beautiful, meticulously-maintained front yard vegetable and herb garden has been ordered by city officials to uproot most of it by September 1 or else face lofty fines. CBC News and others are reporting that the town of Drummondville in Quebec is actually planning to ban all front yard gardens in the municipality beginning this fall; a move the spells the end of food self-sufficiency for many Canadians living in the area.

Michel Beauchamp and Josee Landry love to grow their own food. But the back yard of their well kept, Saint-Charles area home does not get enough natural sunlight throughout the day to grow the many varieties of fresh fare they have long enjoyed. So they asked their town's Environmental Services Inspector if it was permissible to grow food in their front yard, and they were given a verbal affirmative that this was not a problem.

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Maybe if citizens everywhere put the end of the shotgun barrel

in their faces they would have second thoughts...lol

In English lit class, “they make you read Beowulf.”

If you take an English lit class, “they make you read Beowulf.” If some English prof can make you read the book, the federal government ought to be able to make you buy it. Besides, Beowulf battling Grendel and other assorted monsters should be good background for today’s political battles. - Woody Allen, humorist giving practical advise.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Governmental Venus Flytrap.

Venus Flytrap as illustrated by Charles Darwin

The predator waits patiently while its prey wanders about, unaware that danger lurks just inches away. Settling down to taste some sweet-smelling sap, the unsuspecting prey has made a fatal mistake. Swinging swiftly shut, the jaws of the predator close around its body. The struggle is brief, and soon the plant settles down to digest its tasty meal.

...Carnivorous plants have existed on this planet for thousands of years. There are more than 500 different kinds of these plants, with appetites ranging from insects and spiders to small, one- or two-cell aquatic organisms. To be considered carnivorous, a plant must attract, capture, kill and digest insects or other animal life.
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No mention of how large a govenmental object can be digested.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

This is getting ridiculous...

and dangerous as well. Wonder when they'll come after "backyard" gardens.

You! ... In the Backyard! Come out with your hands up!... Now!

Code Enforcement, Dekalb County, Georgia, USA: Put down those seeds. Keep your hands where I can see them! ... Higher! ... Release the dogs!
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County fines man $5K for backyard garden

His neighbors call it "Cabbagegate." And it cost Steve Miller a lot of green. The Clarkston, Ga., man was fined $5,200 for growing too many vegetables in his backyard.

Miller had been growing legumes for 15 years, selling them at local farmers markets and giving them away to friends, before he was cited by the Dekalb County Code Enforcement office for the first time last September. It's illegal to garden at such a level in the zone where he lives. Miller tried to challenge the penalty, but a reprieve was slow in coming, and the fight's not over.

"Time went on, but no answers, then I get a letter in the mail with more fines," ... "Didn't get an answer back from the county until I started getting notices from code enforcement in October, and before I knew it I got a subpoena to go to court."

... long legal battle... successfully rezoned his land. But despite that victory, the county is still fining him for all of his illicit vegetables, and even for hiring workers to weed the fallow land after he stopped working it.

... backyard gardener -- about one and a quarter acres in production with crops like celery, tomatoes, lettuce, Swiss chard, beets, cilantro, carrots and, of course, cabbage. He peddles his harvests at farmers markets, but doesn't always turn a profit. And it's far from his main occupation. Miller is a landscaper by trade.

"It's not my source of income, it's my passion," he said. "If it were my main source of income, I'd have to sell my house."

Miller had no idea that growing vegetables on his land was illegal -- in fact, he purchased the plot because he knew people had grown vegetables for profit there in the past.

The county refused to comment as the case is still pending, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Want To Learn About The DeKalb County Jail?

Nobody ever wants to go to jail - they end up there by making bad decisions (or usually, a series of escalating bad decisions).

[Seeds of trouble...]

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I wonder how.....

these idiot powers that SHOULDN'T be define what a "front yard garden" is? The word garden does not specifically mean food....

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

Your Life, Liberty and Property Belong to You

Either you own them or you don't. So long as you do not aggress (or pollute), these are yours to do with as you please.

GOVERNMENT = FORCE

TAXES = THEFT

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

We got trouble! Right hree in a Missouri city. Growing trouble!

Growing pains for the town council of Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson, Missouri, USA Sunday, August 5, 2012.

"You can only retain freedoms if you act to preserve them." - Karl Tricamo, Vegetable growing outlaw, 2012

Stay-at-home dad Karl Tricamo was a...unsuspecting gardener just going about his favorite hobby and following the rules. He loves to garden with his 55 heirlooms and dislikes GMOs and pesticides.

But, like so many others now, he was pushed around and literally stalked by "Code Enforcers" out to aggressively eradicate any "nuisance" that doesn't match the rest of their desired Stepford neighborhood. This is after he, also like many targeted for garden deconstruction, painstakingly followed the rules.

“I just thought it would be an excellent way to help provide for my family,” he said. “People have been gardening since the beginning of human civilization, and the First Lady has even been setting an example by gardening at the White House! I never expected it to be so controversial.” [Actually, food gardening one of the first defining elements of civilization.]

City officials in Ferguson, Missouri do not care if someone is trying to feed his family on his turf; so they literally cited Tricamo's landlord with 'Failure to meet the minimum standards of the City of Ferguson exterior appearance code.' ...

... the board sent a letter to Tricamo and all nearby residents saying:

    The owner of 309 [redacted street] wishes to utilize his property, currently zoned R-1D, for agricultural purposes by planting tall crops which will cover the entire front yard of the property. City Staff has determined that such use is not allowed within that zoning district under Chapter 49, the Zoning Ordinance for the City of Ferguson and, otherwise, constitutes a nuisance. The owner appeals that determination.

City officials changed their citings a lot, and really never could give Tricamo an actual code that prohibited a garden, especially since the ordinances specifically allow for vegetation, with no height requirements. So they obnoxiously tried to paint his yard into a large-scale commercial farm saying he needs permission to engage in "agriculture!" ...

Tricamo and his landlord, Jesse Brandt, were represented by Libertarian attorney Dave Roland of Freedom Center of Missouri ... constitutional rights with supporting evidence that there were no code violations. Neighbors and family pitched in their support at the board meeting.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Yeah, I'd so much rather look at front yard full of weeds

or some other non-useful and edible plant. Idiots.

beephree

"So they asked . . ."

That was their first mistake. Never ask. They don't own you!!

Bullies with badges

Just powers always come only from the consent of the governed.

It's only right that the community that they live among ought to determine the common good served by this couple's orderly, attractive, and healthful alternative to this new lawn-conformity standard, retroactively applied to them from "on high".

Who among these titled people would want such to be done to themselves, or their families? Who among the uniformed enforcers would apply their strength to make this happen if they knew it would likely happen to themselves by the same tyrants they trusted would favor them?

The community they live among MUST speak up and defend their neighbor's rights and honor here; or else acquiesce themselves to the same fate, eh?

Tis true among US too!

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

This is just silly. gardening should not be illegal

Wide expanses of grass lawns take fresh water, pesticides, fertilizers and to maintain, take energy to mow that produces pollution. An organic garden produces food, conserves energy and with composting holds fresh water. I garden and I have wondered how much more productive it would be if every suburban lawn was an organic garden?

http://grist.org/urban-agriculture/new-san-francisco-legisla...

what a beautiful garden and what a . . .

travesty.

:(

How can these people be helped?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

This can probably be traced back

to Monsanto wanting to have complete control of the world food supply. It has to be fraught by the people. As it goes in the US so it will eventually go in Canada.

Time to get rebellious, Canuckians!

Greetings, neighbors to the north -

Hope you can get this sort of thing shut down - not easy though.

I was in a couple of my former home towns in Western Oregon
last year after some few year's absence - the transformation of
front yards from lawn to flowers/shrubs/fruit trees vegetables,
especially in older neighborhoods is *huge* in Oregon -

Just say "non" to enforced monoculture!