By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011
Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone
Actually let say you try to plant something akin to the WWII Victory Garden every patriotic citizen planted to help feed the country and hasten the end of the war. But, you don’t do this in a city, town or rural area where the officials have a modicum of common sense and understanding … you plant your garden in your front yard in Oak Park, Michigan. Fox News in Detroit by way of WJBK TV provides narrative and a short video:
“The price of organic food is kind of through the roof,” said Julie Bass.
So, why not grow your own? However, Bass’ garden is a little unique because it’s in her front yard.
“We thought it’d be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help,” she said.
Bass’ cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she’s been charged with a misdemeanor.
It appears, or maybe I’m reading more into the tiff than I should, that the city planner who enforces this sort of thing in Oak Park, can’t read, or if he can he can’t interpret what he reads:
“That’s not what we want to see in a front yard,” said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.
Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what’s “suitable?”
The Oak Park official was there to provide an understanding which is anything but clear or definitive;
So, we asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.
“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.
I’m going to stop and say a few words about the city planner’s dictionary; I looked in several online dictionaries and a couple of hard-copy ones. None of the dictionaries came close to agreeing with Mr.Rulkowski; I can only assume that he is going to get his ears beat down when the judge hearing the case grabs his attention in court. The prosecutor for the city is little better and his idea seems to favor taking this silly action to heights way above a lower court.
My money is on the garden and I hope Mr. Rulkowski is denied any fresh, garden grown, plumb tomatos. Here is a link to the story where you’ll also find a video reporting on this foolishness. Look for related articles below.
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- Michigan Woman Facing Jail Time For Her Vegetable Garden (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Julie Bass: Woman Threatened with Jail Time for Growing Vegetables (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Step Away From The Garden, Citizen. (maxredline.typepad.com)
- No Veggie Garden For You! (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)