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Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan -- a mother of 6, law-abiding citizen, and gardener -- is facing 93 days in jail after being charged with a misdemeanor. Her crime? Planting a vegetable garden in the front yard.

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. (0)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:08 pm
There has to be more to this story......

Bill K (3)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:20 pm
actually many communities have laws like this and similar - no hanging laundry outside, no building of small cottages instead of large overpriced McMansions, tight limit on what types of plants may be planted (usually those non-native wildlife unfriendly plants get preference), amount of yard which must be maintained as lawn, height of lawn.....

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:23 pm
Woman faces jail for growing vegetables in her front yard
A woman who put a vegetable garden in her front yard has been charged with a misdemeanor and could even be facing jail.
Julie Bass, of Oak Park, Michigan, created the garden after her front yard was torn up to replace a sewer line.
But a neighbour complained and called the city, who deemed it unsuitable.
Every front yard in the area is grass.
Miss Bass's garden features five large planter boxes containing fresh basil, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers.
The city sent out a code enforcement who gave her a warning.
Miss Bass then received a ticket and now she's been charged with a misdemeanor.
Neither side is backing down and the case could be heading for a jury trial.
She said: 'The price of organic food is kind of through the roof.
'We thought it'd be really cool to do it so the neighbours could see.
'The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help.'
'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.'
Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski said: 'That's not what we want to see in a front yard.'
'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.'
When asked by if the whole saga was a little ridiculous, Mr Rulkowski replied: 'I would argue that you won't find that opinion from most people in Oak Park.'
Some neighbours are backing Miss Bass.
Devorah Gold said: 'I have a bunch of little children and we take walks to come by and see everything growing.
'I think it's a very wonderful thing for our neighborhood.'
Ora Goodwin added: 'They don't have anything else to do if they're going to take her to court for a garden.'
Miss Bass is unrepentant. She said: '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.'
'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.'
On her blog, she wrote: 'Our attorney spoke to the prosecutor today.
'His position: they are going to take this all the way.
'Officially, this means i am facing 93 days in jail if they win. No joke.'
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 26.


Judith K (93)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:01 pm
And insanity marches on in the name of safety. The name of the game is:CONTROL!

Bette M (91)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:03 pm
This is incredibly insane!!!! People have been growing food
since they discovered how!! Hopefully the townspeople will back her
up and financially support her legal bills.
This is a total waste of the courts time. I'm sure there are are far
more serious crimes to deal with like murders!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.......

Lynn Busby (26)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:06 pm
Well.....she broke the law, stupid though it may be. Try getting the neighbours together to change the law would be a more sensible move!!

Elle B (84)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:08 pm
Michigan is now governed by the GOP MBM Kochtopus "Club for Growth" Governor...I guess what they grow doesn't include food!

Like Bill K. I was aware that many communities across the country do have such codes but did not know penalties included Jail's all a crock! It's as if I keep reading about little foreign countries under totalitarian regimes. What on earth tells people they can't grow food? Definitely NOT human beings.

Thank-you Just Carole for putting out the word..sending best thoughts for Julie Bass.


Pat B (356)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:25 pm
I have a garden. I have zinnias, cucumbers, jalapenos, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, and mint. Mine is in the back of the house...not in the front. Our homeowner's association says that the front yard must be maintained, (mowed), and dead trees/bushes removed, no trash, etc. If we (neighbors) get a note, we are to fix it. If not, I am thinking we can get fined. Every association is different, tho. I wonder if Ms. Bass has a homeowers' association in her neighborhood. I would think that the planters would add a decorative ambiance, and if the children in the neighborhood are enjoying watching the plants grow...I don't see anything wrong with it. Wasting taxpayer's money over this. C'mon......!!!!! TY, Carole for this.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:38 pm
This is a City Ordinance, not a Homeowners Association issue.  Here's another article about it:
Reactions to Michigan Woman Facing Jail Time for Veggie Garden
"Who knew a veggie garden could send you to jail? Julie Bass, an Oak Parks, Michigan resident and mother of six, had no idea that her veggie garden could make her face up to 93 days behind bars. According to Treehugger, her big crime was growing an edible garden in her front yard. The garden which consists of 5 raised beds includes tomatoes, corn, squash, some flowers and a variety of other veggies. The allegation against Bass is that she is in noncompliance with a city oridinance that says only “suitable” plant material is allowed on the lawn.
When asked what the “suitable” plant material allowed was, city planner Kevin Rulkowski claimed that it meant “common lawn, nice shrubs and flowers.” However, the ordinance does not state that those are the only “suitable” plant material for a front yard. Bass had received a warning from the city and was told to remove the garden beds. She refused and has been issued a ticket and charged with a misdemeanor. If she if found guilty she faces up to 93 days in jail and a fine. She would be considered a criminal in the eyes of Michigan. Perhaps, the state will dub her the “veggie bandit”?"

Lynn Busby (26)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:50 pm
Having re-read all this and the comments I must say I don't really get it!! If you live in a coproprieté apartment block...then naturally you have to comply with the majority to maintain the appearance of the building. Makes sense. If you own your own free standing property...well, it is your property!! Of course there are limitations, like you can't have a stable or anything within a certain distance of your neighbour, but apart from that you can do pretty much what you want. The more I read things like this the more I think it is totally ludicrous that America is called " The land of the free" seem to have more restrictions than anyone else!!!

James W (257)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:51 pm
Already Signed Thanks C

Edwin M (346)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:00 pm
Every community has their own laws on the books irrespective of the fact that they may appear insane to those living outside of those communities. A friend of mine living in another state is not allowed to have a clothes line in their yard and in the community where I live it is a common practice. I seriously doubt that anyone in Oak Parks Michigan wants to see their town associated with the bad publicity imprisoning or inflicting a fine on Mrs Bass would bring. Perhaps the people of the community should band together and get this dumb law off the books.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:05 pm
There was a time when it was encouraged to grow your own food, called Victory Gardens. I say, I don't give a flip what any rules or homeowners association states, when it comes to growing food to feed yourself and children bugger off. And the noisy neighbor needs to mind their own business on something like this. If the neighbor who complained is wanting so tight of rules why don't they ask for a one way ticket to N. Korea.

I can see rules that would keep someone from storing hazardous waste on their property or turning their lot into a junk yard, but some vegetables, give me a break. Perhaps if this woman is struggling for food it might be nice if the one who doesn't want the garden in the neighborhood could donate food to this woman on a week by week bases of fresh vegetables for the children. I get so pissed off at my fellow Americans who have all they need in life, a home, plenty of food on their table, money to keep the lights on, but won't give an inch to a fellow American who is not so fortunate.

Thank you for signing "Enact Freedom to Eat Law: Stop criminalizing U.S. Citizens for growing their own food"

Cher C (1429)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:06 pm

Thnx sweetie!


Pat B (356)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:10 pm
"When asked what the “suitable” plant material allowed was, city planner Kevin Rulkowski claimed that it meant “common lawn, nice shrubs and flowers.” However, the ordinance does not state that those are the only “suitable” plant material for a front yard.

Sounds like they are 'nit-picking' with Ms. Bass. Here she is growing food for her family, and they do this. Like some of the comments above, let them work on getting those robbers, thieves, rapists, rather than Ms. Bass, a law abiding citizen!!!! Really sad how they can dictate this. Thanks, Carole for your clarification.

Melissa E. (4)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:12 pm
Thank you for posting this here.. I am new to these types of sites. I started this campaign because I was both outraged at the injustice done to this woman and her family AND fearful for this to become a more regular problem for Americans. ALL U.S. Citizens should be fighting together to maintain our freedoms and liberties.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:13 pm

I even remember a Care2 Cause article here recently encouraging people to plant vegetables on their front lawns, rather than wasting water and time on grass.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:18 pm

Well, thanks for peeking in, Melissa. I was upset about this when I first read of it; and very pleased that you started a petition about it.


Kit H (173)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:32 pm
Crazy and despotic! Signed and share.

Kit H (173)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:34 pm
Homeowner associations have some irrational codes imposed on members too!

Karen S (106)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:46 pm
Thanks for posting Carole. This is just absurd. I could see if her veggies were posing a health risk to the neighbourhood it would make sense to enforce a restriction, but this is all about optics.

Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:01 pm
Signed, thanks Carole and Melissa. Pretty sad that some neighbor got upset by this and reported the veggie garden. Sadder still that the city planner is making a serious issue of it.

Matthew Cloner (114)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:26 pm
Thanks for posting this article. I know that the Feds want to regulate everything, even when we grow our own food. I think that they are just "testing the waters" to see what the local reaction will be.

Barbara D (70)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:27 pm
The city council needs to find constructive things for the city planner to do, since obviously he's bored. First thing, they should order him to weed Ms. Bass's lovely garden. :-)

Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:28 pm
We had the Urban farming issue here. Our council denied a motion to allow for urban chicken raising. I know to some that this might seem insane, but this wasn't like raising chickens in your house. Where I live, farming was grandfathered in, once it became a residential area. A lot of people here have chickens and it doesn't pose any problem whatsoever.

Juli B. (0)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:42 pm
I have decided that this lawyer either doesn't know how to read the dictionary or is trying to manipulate the media. He is bastardizing the modern English language and making us all dumber for having heard him state this case.

Obsolete is not part of the definition, it is a word which describes the definition following it. It is italicized followed by colon (just like the words noun and verb would be) to separate it from the definition.

Obsolete means no longer in use. The Merriam Webster dictionary states that Similar and Matching are definitions for suitable which are no longer in use.

But the lawyer's job is only to CONvince a jury and be paid so who can blame him for just doing his job?

Elle J (276)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:50 pm
Noted and signed! Does anyone think this woman might have to grow her own food? Look how prices at the grocery stores have skyrocketed! Fresh vegetables are sky high. I hope they leave her alone....the neighbor sho complained should get a life!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:04 pm

We have families (many unemployed, through no fault of their own) who are struggling just to exist and keep food on the table.

A mother of 6 children decides (after her front yard was destroyed for sewer work) to save money by planting her own vegetables. In most sane circles, this would be considered a wonderful "learning experience" and a unifying exercise for her family.

Instead, we have one neighbor (and a spineless City Planner), who wants to control what is "aesthetically pleasant" who has forgotten that taste is very individualized . . . and that having the right to be an individual is VERY American!


Glenda J (158)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:18 pm
It should be to as to each its own, but under the contrary things do not run as it should be it goes as the lawmakers of this country places it. Here today gone tomorrow, Id rather my opinion not grow a garden in my front yard for ones as evil as they are today jump the fence or walkway and pour poisons on the earthly garden
This can happen from a jealous neighbor

Sarah G (109)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:20 pm
signed, thanks for posting

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:23 pm
Heck yes! Go Carole.....I nominate you to replace this spineless City Planner. I'm sorry it is a bit of a commute. If our Grandparents were ever told about the stupidity we are facing today they'd not even believe it. I can not believe it, why are so many people so friggin heartlessly stupid? Why have so many tolerated buying into all these homeowners associations, if no one bought the places with their dumb rules they'd have gotten rid of the stupid rules. I ran like heck from any of those places down here in Florida, no thank you. Telling me how many bird houses I could have and what color I could paint the mailbox. In some places here in Florida the curtains in the windows must all be the same color, give me a break. Why do people buy into these places? What ever happened about embracing individualism? Next thing we know they'll insist on you having to wear certain clothes to live in their developments, everyone look perfect now, smile for the camera.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:24 pm

I now live in a rural area of Tennessee, but I spent the majority of my adult years in West Los Angeles, so I can understand your thinking, Glenda.

However, I also feel that we, as a people, have evolved into "fearful things," and that freedoms begin in our own home environs.

If we allow ourselves to deny pleasures out of fear that they may be destroyed, we are only living a half life. That's not to say that we should be imprudent, but only that we are no longer free if we imprison ourselves, and, in turn, our loved ones.

It's very sad that this even has to be considered, but I have faith that good people (who are usually good parents) should be given the right to make those decisions.


Anne T (180)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:26 pm
The powers that be would rather us eat the empty foods that are poisoned with all sorts of nasties. Good healthy foods that we grow ourselves doesn't earn any money for the greedy ones so of course it has to be stopped. Herbs are vilified too!
Noted, signed and shared! :)

Bonnie B (103)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:26 pm
Thanks, Just. Signed and noted. I know it is very typical for homeowners associations and towns to have these stipulations. This may have made sense at one time to make sure you didn't have hideous and dangerous piles of junk in a yard. And if she was breaking a local law they have, unfortunately, the right to prosecute her. However, in these times the law needs to be changed and the way to do that is for citizens to get together, lobby lawmakers and the organizations that make these laws. Here is San Diego people wanting food justice have been working to get agencies to change laws and rules to make it easier for people to have community gardens on unused city land and even put community gardens on private property. Because of their work the fees for establishing community gardens have been substantially lowered and rules have been eased to make it easier for people to create them. Agencies that used to make it difficult are now becoming agencies that help in the creation of these gardens. It is up to us to come together to make change, it can happen, but we must get off our butts and get involved in a meaningful way.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:28 pm

Oh, dang . . .

That's why I LOVES ya, Sheryl (Dandelion)!!


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:31 pm

Point on, Bonnie!


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:32 pm


You had me at: "We are one."


Joan for Peace (413)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:51 pm
great post, this is so totally wrong on so many levels. guys loved the comments

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 7:25 pm
Outrageous. Well done Carole for raising this issue. I can't believe 93 days in jail! That's more than some violent criminals get. If we lose this battle you can be sure that they will not stop there. It will be back gardens and then allotments next. Food will be available only from Monsanto, God forbid.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 7:28 pm

Can't send you another green star yet, Scott.

But, I surely thank you!


Toni C (508)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 8:00 pm
Noted and thanks, Carole, for the post. I signed it when it was sent to me this morning from Change. org.. Stupidity reigns supreme, and is getting more redundant every day!

Constance F (418)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 10:03 pm
Thank you for forwarding out Carole! HOA - nightmares. And just because people work for the city, county, Feds, or are leaders in HOA doesn't mean they have a thumbnail of intellligence in their brain. I live in LA, and in the next city over is Glendale. The city has a law that everyone has to have a green lawn. Well, one progressive individual decided that lawns wasted water, this is a more desert climate suffering from lack of water, so he planted indigineous plants in his front yard. Can you guess what happened? He was told to uproot everything and plant grass, or be fined. The case went to court. Don't know what happened. I can't say I can't believe this is happening to this woman, because sadly I can. Freaking disgusting.

Susan L (150)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 10:14 pm
This is ridiculous! If the city code says "suitable" plant material, I would expect that any reasonable person would determine that means plants that are not 'illegal', considered to be 'weeds' and that are 'well tended'. I would NOT expect it to mean "just what everyone else has" as basically, the City Planner concluded. I would fight this if I were that woman. If she is struggling to buy vegetables and feed her family, I'm sure she could contact an attorney or cause that supports ecology, agriculture, etc or simply one that might take her case pro-bono. Also, it says that her garden is 5 raised beds - I would believe that means contained and there must not be an ordinance that prohibits contained plants. At least she has not made her front yard a field, which could be determined not 'suitable'. Give the lady a break!!

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 10:57 pm
I'd like to think this is a joke, but I know it isn't...This is just another beat down from the powers that be, to show, that if you want to eat, you must buy the food they provide grown for our eatting pleasure at Monsanto...These dark forces, are now just trying to grind us into the ground, so that the Corporations, and rich make money as they try to wipe us out...It's just crazy what they're doing to most of the people in our Country...Where is Superman when we need him? I sadly think, that's the only fantasy, we have left to hope for...

Brigitte T (69)
Monday July 11, 2011, 1:02 am
I really feel sorry for the American children. For them, the right to home-grown fruit, herbs and vegetables is slowly being replaced by the obligation to be groped and disrespected by TSA adults, contaminated by nuclear radiation, toxic rain, polluted milk, fed with industrial junk, sent overseas to kill and be slaughtered. Their bodies and minds have been abused and polluted by American ways of life for so long and now it's getting so much worse. My question is, what do their parents do about it???

Brigitte T (69)
Monday July 11, 2011, 1:12 am
Take action! Phone numbers and emails are included in the article:


TomCat S (128)
Monday July 11, 2011, 1:54 am
Noted and signed! Unbelievable insaniTEA.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday July 11, 2011, 2:15 am
Unbelievable,thanks for the post "C"

Sandrea S (278)
Monday July 11, 2011, 3:09 am
Here's the insane part. A neighbour can burn his garbage with the smoke billowing into others' homes, as long as they say it's for cooking food....but a garden on the front lawn to grow food to eat is not allowed.
What's next.....put an end to any front yard flowers that are edible?

Sheryl G (360)
Monday July 11, 2011, 5:57 am
Brigitte my dear you summed it up perfectly on the American children. And we wonder why our children are having problems and issues. Like Duh......

Jean Corcoran (1)
Monday July 11, 2011, 6:01 am
I think the article said, MAY FACE UP TO 93 DAYS. I think if she is smart enough to plant a garden, she is smart enough to get done what she needs to get done. My concern is with the reporter who started a fire where there is none.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday July 11, 2011, 6:06 am

I say light it up! Is EXACTLY what we need on these situations. A blazing inferno to LIGHT it up!

Charla D (67)
Monday July 11, 2011, 6:43 am
Unbelievable! Who is this crazy neighbor that finds a vegetable garden offensive? Is it really the garden or is he/she just seeking revenge for some personal grudge? Either way it's repugnant, as is this ridiculous city ordinance that restricts people from growing a few veggies on their own damn property! We really need to weed out (sorry for the pun) these nonsensical laws.

Kamila A (141)
Monday July 11, 2011, 6:51 am
This is the perfect example of how ass-backward values are. This case will awaken many to re-think where they stand. To prefer green grass, with pesticides and outlandish cost to keep up is simply ridiculous on so many levels.

Arielle S (313)
Monday July 11, 2011, 6:56 am
This is so incredibly stupid it boggles the mind. If everyone grew food in their front yard, think of the benefit to the environment - The benefit to the growers who could eat fresh and organic instead of old and chemicalized. It's not as if gardens are ugly or noisy or create pollution. Obviously, common sense is dead in this town....

Elaine R (130)
Monday July 11, 2011, 6:59 am

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday July 11, 2011, 7:01 am

Absolutely! Which is why it's important that this type of nit-picking of citizens, who are creatively attempting to save money, provide for their families, control the quality of the food they eat, and enjoy the use of their land (without harming others) should be highlighted and brought to the public's attention.

It's also important to note that these fines and the costs that may be incurred if she is forced to remove the raised beds may present an additional financial crisis. (And the chilling thought that she may also face incarceration is an outrage.)

Good on everyone noting here who can see that any infringement on the rights of citizens (especially when backed by a specious law) is an affront to democracy.


Past Member (0)
Monday July 11, 2011, 8:06 am
isnt this a wonderful country?

Elias A (49)
Monday July 11, 2011, 8:50 am
It's really needed post, thank you Carole for posting.
But Unfortunately I can't sign it because I'm outside the USA!!!

Ben O (153)
Monday July 11, 2011, 9:55 am
Planting a vegetable garden a crime...??? The most imbecile thing I've heard for a long, long time...
Un-freaking-believable, that's what it is!!!

IE Ries (237)
Monday July 11, 2011, 11:56 am
Grass = sterile, wasted space that sucks up water and nutrients and gives back little. There should be little or no grass as it would reduce lawn watering and allow NATIVE flora to recolonize and enhance wildlife habitat. People are too selfish and too image-conscience with this "gotta have a green lawn" 1950's mentality. It's stupid.

Noted, signed, thanks for the post Carole!

David C (129)
Monday July 11, 2011, 2:52 pm
in this day and lacking, excess pollution from big/factory farms....we should all be encouraged and rewarded for gardening anywhere, honor of this family I will go pick from my yard's garden and home the law creators in my city aren't so silly....

. (0)
Monday July 11, 2011, 3:17 pm
My daughter has a garden.

I told her and she got mad!

Hope, she's not mad at me.

lol lol boo hoo

Lisa Neste (207)
Monday July 11, 2011, 4:20 pm
Signed, I agree with Ben O.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Monday July 11, 2011, 4:46 pm
REVOLT against this total ABUSE, SIGNED!

Beth M (46)
Monday July 11, 2011, 4:52 pm
..OMG! this campaign is really taking off..loads of bods tweeting about it..even gotta re tweet from anonCentral..It is awful to have land and not be allowed to grow food. Only concern I would have is of local dawgs peeing on it..Good Luk...thanks...x

Yvonne White (229)
Monday July 11, 2011, 5:45 pm
'That's not what we want to see in a front yard.' - yet the city would Leave a torn up front yard when they replace sewer & water lines, whether you like it or not!


patricia lasek (317)
Monday July 11, 2011, 5:55 pm

Is this what they meanby smaller government?

Rand M (27)
Monday July 11, 2011, 6:25 pm
Signed and noted. Is this a great country or what?

Krasimira B (175)
Monday July 11, 2011, 7:17 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday July 11, 2011, 7:24 pm
Our crime is being human.

Phyllis P (237)
Monday July 11, 2011, 7:51 pm
I would be concerned of theft from my garden. Not meaning to sound petty, but you are growing it to feed your family, for the environment and what a wonderful learning experience for the community. Honesly, I am not against the garden, it is probably more appropriate in the back yard. But jail, come on now, really???

donald Baumagrtner (6)
Monday July 11, 2011, 8:36 pm

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Monday July 11, 2011, 10:30 pm
Thanks to my seestah 'C' for posting and Dandelion for sharing. Signed , shared and posted to Twitter.
Since when is it a criminal offense to plant your own vegetable garden? Totally unbelievable & outrageous!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday July 11, 2011, 10:31 pm
Noted, signed added to myspace, FB & twitters. Thank you Carole
Like Ron White says,,, There is No Cure for Stupid:(
Her crime? Planting a vegetable garden in the front yard.

Patricia Cannell (825)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 11:01 am
Signed. This is madness. I see no reason why anyone cannot put a vegetable garden in the front so long as it is maintained. The government just want to have control. Kudos to the woman for trying to give her kids fresh organic vegetables and for teaching them values!

Matthew Cloner (114)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 4:41 pm
I have noticed over the years a growing meanness, a collective cruelty on the part of those in positions of power and authority. It's almost as if they enjoy finding new ways to inflict pain and suffering on the vast majority of the people in this country. But threatening a woman with time in jail for growing a vegetable garden? This nation has really gone downhill in a very big way!

Maria Cristina A (119)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 5:00 pm
Noted and signed.
I realize there are community regulations that really have more to do with the 50'ss or 60's middle class view of the perfect, world than with today's world.
In fact, it reminded me of all the marketing campaingns around Michelle Obama's program of getting everyone to grow their own vegetable in the garden... I guess it's faded already... :(

Maria Cristina A (119)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 5:20 pm
I guess all those who wan to change regulations which do not allow people to grow vegetables in their gardens could use that Michelle Obama's program/project as a kind of precedent, or that it's the White House's point of view so everyone should make it easier to change those laws...
I really wouldn't know much because not being american, nor living there I don't have enough knowledge of the Law System in the US to be accurate...

Dave Kane (308)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 7:26 pm
Oooh! She's a threat to all we hold holy! How stupid can these ass*oles get? We need to knock down these jerks. I'm starting to believe people having guns is not a bad thing.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday July 15, 2011, 5:05 am
Victory! Julie Bass No Longer Facing Jail For Growing Veggies
Common sense and a good dose of political pressure prevailed in Oak Park, Michigan as city officials dropped misdemeanor charges against Julie Bass for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard.  Bass faced a possible 93 days in jail.
Thousands of people from all over the country rallied behind Bass, seeing her story as the perfect example of government-run-amok including our own Care2 community.  Your petition pressuring the city to drop their case helped to just that.  Mark Milotay, the petition author had this to say:
“I am overjoyed to hear about the charges being dropped, and I hope that the City of Oak Park will take the opportunity to review the bylaw after this. They can learn from cities like Victoria, BC, Portland, OR, and Denver, CO about the importance of local sustainability and food security, as well as how to foster it.This campaign showed how viscerally people react to basic rights like growing food being threatened. I am extremely impressed with the support that we received from Care2. Their services helped us exceed our initial number of target signatures by almost 30 fold and to gather support for the Bass family from around the world. I wouldn’t hesitate to use or recommend them for future campaigns.”
According to Bass she was overwhelmed by the showing of support.
“I just would want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the support and kindness that they have shown to our family during this time. i am amazed and humbled by how many people have gone out of their way to help and support us, and it touches us deeply.”
Congratulations to Bass and the Care2 community!

Carole K (195)
Friday July 15, 2011, 6:05 pm
Noted & signed. TY, Carole! Too absurd for words.....

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Friday July 15, 2011, 6:28 pm
Well done everyone, especially Carole. Bless you for all the good work here.

I think it's not too late for a sowing of radish and lettuce in my front garden in amongst the Iris bed....

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 2:56 am
Glad that some common sense won ...out of words for that pisspoor joke that it was.. Michigan home owners had better own a BACK YARD or would that also be subject to "common" looks? Let's hope that was a single unique case or else it is soon "welcome to parsley war"-
Thank you Carole. I'm relieved there is no more need for my signature which I was restricted to add :-/

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 3:08 am
@ Sheryl - "Next thing we know they'll insist on you having to wear certain clothes to live in their developments, everyone look perfect now, smile for the camera. "

Thats right, better watch out before it's "welcome to Maoist China" and they'll stick you all in grey frocks..

Dee C (23)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 9:19 am
A friend posted this on Facebook last week..I was stunned at this..especially after seeing the actual garden..It was certainly not an eyesore..And I can't imagine who would in their right mind object to it..But then we all know those out there not in the right mind..just looking for crap..

I am glad she stood her ground..I am curious to see the outcome in this..Hoping it is in her favor..Anything less would just be ridiculous

. (0)
Monday August 1, 2011, 2:05 am
already signed
Thank You Carole

Winefred M (88)
Sunday August 14, 2011, 11:23 am
Gladly signed!
It's just outrageous.

Nancy C (806)
Sunday September 4, 2011, 4:06 pm

Rose Becke (141)
Monday September 5, 2011, 12:20 am
already signed TY Carol
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