Self-sufficiency is not a crime
At a time when we need more people growing their own food and becoming more self-sufficient we have government pushing back. Check out this picture of a families home in Oak Park, Michigan. Seems they have run afoul of local ordinances. According to theagitator.com “‘City code says that all unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass or ground cover or shrubbery or other suitable live plant material.’ Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are what Basses see as suitable.”
According to Oak Park’s Planning and Technology Director Kevin Rulkowski the city disagrees. He says, “If you look at the dictionary, suitable means common. You can look all throughout the city and you’ll never find another vegetable garden that consumes the entire front yard.” Of course you won’t find another vegetable garden that consumes the front yard, it’s illegal. Since when do we allow the government to tell us we cannot grow food to eat?
I know we have heard stories like this before, but these are times when growing your own should be a right, if it isn’t already. These homeowners should be held up as examples of what we should be doing in our front and back yards. I hope these people are not forced to remove their garden. The city should be ashamed for telling these people to stop being self-sufficient and toe the line of mediocrity and conformity.
And as far as putting shrubbery in the front yard I asked famous plantsman Roger the Shubber and he had this to say, “Oh, what sad times are these when government ruffians can say Ni at will to vegetable growers. There is a pestilence upon this land, nothing is sacred. Even I, a Shrubber by trade say let them grow food, and skip the shrubbery”.