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Save Rosie's Vegetable Garden

Green Lifestyle  (tags: children, conservation, eco-friendly, family, food, garden, health, home, humans, protection, sustainable )

- 1733 days ago -
Rosie is a vibrant 4-year old girl living with her single, severely-disabled mom in a subsidized housing unit in rural South Dakota. In May 2013, Rosie's mother, Mary, converted a small unused area outside their apartment into a vegetable garden.

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Kathy B (106)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 4:58 pm
Rosie is a vibrant 4-year old girl living with her single, severely-disabled mom in a subsidized housing unit in rural South Dakota. In May 2013, Rosie's mother, Mary, converted a small unused area outside their apartment into a vegetable garden. Although the garden is compact, it produces a variety of healthy greens which Rosie and Mary could otherwise not easily afford on their fixed income ($628/month in disability payments) while also providing a safe play area for Rosie just outside her own backdoor. Now their property management company has ordered that the garden be removed this week saying that it goes against the rules set by USDA's Rural Development Agency which doesn't allow residents to have structures of any sort in landscaped areas.

Please join us in sending the message that everyone deserves to have access to gardens and healthy food, especially the most vulnerable people in society.


(Please note: To protect their identities, we are not disclosing Rosie and Mary's real names or exact location in South Dakota. Their story, however, is very real and anyone wishing to know more about why Kitchen Gardeners International is helping them can contact KGI's director, Roger Doiron,

Kathy B (106)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5:01 pm
This petition is a Facecrook plug-in, you can also send a direct email comment:


To: Cc:,

Subject: Allow USDA-subsidized housing residents to grow vegetable gardens

Message body:

Dear Director Meeks,

I urge you to make a loud and clear statement to all the property management companies your agency contracts that USDA-subsidized residents have the right to keep their own vegetable gardens provided that these gardens are actively maintained. Vegetable gardens grow healthy and affordable foods as well as a sense of community. Rather than preventing low-income and disabled residents from providing for themselves, we should be doing everything we can to encourage them. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely yours,

(Your name, your town, your state)

Mari ' (1356)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5:06 pm
I will not submit if I have to I will grow food indoors! This is just outrageous how people honest good people are under attack!

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5:30 pm
Sending direct email as no FB acct. Noted with thanks.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5:49 pm
Not on FB. Will email.

Freya H (357)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:05 pm
Signed! My thanks to whomever made the petition. Say - one can never have too many petitions. Time to make one on The Petition Site.

Solitary E (324)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:53 pm
Thanks for posting this Kathy, and thanks also for the sample letter. I'm not on fb, so I used it.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:04 pm
Crazy! Because the garden interferes with useless landscaping! Time for that archaic attitude to change. The entire community should turn the all the landscaping into a vegetable garden!

Kathy B (106)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:54 pm
Freya has started a Care2 petition that mirrors this Causes petition.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:12 pm
Petty and pitiful. What buffoons...S+S-thx

Julie P (154)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 10:31 pm
Thanks for posting Kathy. Petition signed. I find it very upsetting that they would rip out this little girl's garden. In the best interests of the planet and their health, everyone should be encouraged to grow their own food. Long overdue for policies prohibiting same to be changed.

Frances Darcy (133)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:43 am
done ... both signed

Frans B (582)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:39 am
:( no FB......

but this is ridiculous......thanks for posting my friend ♥

Kath P (9)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:42 am
Just shows how backward thinking some social service providers are. They'll let people in some complexes live with peeling paint and leaking roofs but they won't let them have a garden.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:54 am
not at FB; noted

Past Member (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:29 am
It's letting green into life; why to stop it?

jeanne schreurs (205)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:38 am
thanks for posting Kathy.

This actions should be promoted. What's better for a child then an outdoor activity where she can learn and have a good food too.

Gvapo T (22)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:59 am
those regulations are just insane
are the laws made for the people or against them...

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:12 am
This is crazy that anyone would bother this family and little girl.
I don't get it.......

Thanks for posting. I don't have FB.

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:13 am
Thanks Kathy B for posting the email info.......

. (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:53 am
Signed and noted and invited friends to sign petition. It seems like children are getting deprived of everything that makes their early years fun.

S S (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:53 am
Thank you.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 1:11 pm

Kate Kenner (215)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:53 pm
They need to get over it and let the girl have her garden.

Lisa Zilli (17)
Friday August 23, 2013, 5:19 pm

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 1:34 am

Gene J (290)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:17 am
Sent an email because I will not be forced into using Facebook for anything. That was annoying though the cause is just. Just saying...

. (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 6:20 am
Signed and Noted.

Jim P (3257)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 9:01 am
No FB.

Petition signed per Freya at:

and emailed to:

The garden does not look like a structure at all. Please allow this handicapped woman and her child to have a veggie garden. The garden adds beauty and is practical. The garden is also teaching the child on the wonders of nature's abundance.

Ty, Kathy, Freya and Linda.

S J (130)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:02 pm
Noted, thanks Kathy. Thanks Linda for message.

S J (130)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:17 pm
Email sent and signed the petition. I saw 3 beautiful garden pics, what on earth 'structure' means?

Thanks Kathy again and thank Jim Phillips for petition site.

Laurie H (817)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 8:00 pm
Thank you Kathy & Linda for sending ==Glad to sign & share=hope this will help!!~

Jabi Yeonnmin (164)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 8:31 pm

Sumit jamadar (9)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 10:43 pm

SusanAWAY A (219)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 4:30 am
I do use Facebook for petitions and was happy to sign and share the petition on Facebook, on Pinterest, on Goodle+ and on Twitter. I also emailed the USDA director and reminded her of the First Lady's childhood obesity campaign along with vegetable gardens. It's horrible that they would do this to this poor woman.

Monica T (278)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:16 am
Noted and signed. Thanks!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday August 26, 2013, 4:01 pm

Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday August 26, 2013, 4:03 pm
Sorry, did on the Petitionsite
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