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Ridiculous! GA Man Sued for Growing Too Many Vegetables

Green Lifestyle  (tags: garden, food security, urban agriculture, Sustainabililty )

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You can't make this stuff up! DeKalb County, Georgia is suing urban farmer Steve Miller for growing too many vegetables in his own backyard, despite his successful rezoning of his property for agricultural purposes.


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Roxana Cortijo (171)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 7:02 am
Noted. Some laws (and some people) are just ridiculously unbelievable. Thanks for sharing.

Carol H (40)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 11:41 am
unreal...absurd, "shakes head" The man should be applauded.

Sandra W (77)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 11:48 am
How utterly ridiculous is that!!

donald Baumgartner (6)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 12:14 pm
People WILL tie up the courts for ANYTHING!!

Paul Carter Block (28)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 12:40 pm
Presumably the authorities in DeKalb County have such a quiet time of it there that they have to persecute growers to justify their salary. Perhaps they should spend a few weeks in another area where they might find their law-keeping talents better utilised in apprehending muggers, rapists, wife-beaters, animal abusers and kiddie-fiddling priests.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 12:48 pm
This do not surprise me one bit. More and more with each passing day we have less freedoms and we are less free to be ourselves even in our own homes. And most of the times people that are minding their own business will get sued, harrased or thrown in jail while criminals go around freely and protected doing their crimes without being harrased or sued or thrown in jail. This is human beings -- bother and punish someone who has done nothing wrong and do not bother and punish someone who is doing something wrong!

Allison Killion (28)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 12:51 pm

Wendy C (109)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 12:54 pm
This is completely ridiculous, Poor guy. They should leave him alone.

Lika P (130)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 12:54 pm
Face palm. So this guy understands how to make the most out of his yard. Because he's in city limits, he's held back from growing a certain amount of crops? Well, that's stupid. If he wants to be healthy, he should be commended for helping to keep the health care costs down. How many heart attacks and strokes has he prevented because he has been feeding himself, friends/family and buyers a good healthy diet?

Thanks for posting. This stuff needs to get posted for public knowledge.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 12:59 pm
Too bad the idea of the Victory Gardens of World War II was lost after the war. Still in Scotland many people use garden spaces no matter how small for growing large quantities of fruit and vegetables. Scots and Danes also pay small rental fees for land held by municipalities for the sole purpose of growing food. It is a wonderful idea that more countries should take up. I hope the USA sees the great possibilities for private growers,

Alecia C (3)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 12:59 pm
I cannot believe that someone doesn't check out what goes on this site!!! I'm referring to the stupid "lv y." who is taking the space on an animal rights site to sell clothing!!!!! I certainly hope no one buys anything from lv y.!!!

Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:01 pm
So much for freedom in the USA.
Stupid is all I have to say about this law.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:14 pm
The title of the article says it all. What will they come up with next as a way to make money? Fining people who have trees that have too many leaves? I know! Having so many flowers that it takes the bees away from your neighbors. Stupid.

Margaret Skinner (94)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:27 pm

Karine Ouellet (3)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:27 pm
Obviously this poor man was sadly picked on to make an example of what could happen to anyone of us, showing a little too much initiative of self sufficiency and wanting to get closer to being off the grid. Their tactics to discourage us is of many, to get people to follow like sheeps if we want no trouble.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:30 pm
amen paul block

Penny S (9)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:31 pm
I don't think the idea of Victory Gardens was lost, I think the big guys making all the lovely chemicals and trying to take over family farms for corporate farms had a big hand in the destruction of Victory Gardens. They wanted people to stop growing their own, hence the zoning laws.

But, to actually harass and ticket this guy, even after he had it rezoned appropriately...I guess they have nothing better to do with their crime in that county or simply no brains. Maybe if they ate more organic veggies, like the ones that guy is growing - their brains wouldn't shrivel up?

josie batlles (44)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 1:46 pm
OMG how absurd is this? poor guy..I hope they let him be for goodness sakes...ridiculous! thank you for sharing article x

tony lane (3)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 2:01 pm
i saw this news two days ago,and i hope that everybody knows what this means because if you dont then you are in real big trouble,because what this is telling us is the war is ready to begin and this is going to happen all over the USA and the UK your civil rights and liberties are being taken away that is the first blow being struck,the time has come when you have to take charge of your communities and have your own police force,i do not know if you realise that you have no home guard because nearly all of the eligable young men have been stationed abroad,so now when you show your rebelousness or dissention,they will implement a martial law where they will use united nations troops and they will probably be from countries that have no love for the USA or the UK maybe chinese or middle east or south america,and at least 5 huge prisons have already been built with gas chambers attached,they also have over one million coffins and five million body bags ready,so all of you had better wake up real soon.

David S (2)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 2:04 pm
I'd be concerned if this guy was into spraying toxic chemicals...but then that's legal. People who don't like dandelions can spray the hell out of their lawn and endanger the health of their neighbors. Get over it. I predict that in this economy, lawns will soon be a thing of the past and many people will opt for fruit trees, grape vines and vegetables instead, hopefully with NO CHEMICALS. That's what should be illegal in neighborhoods, not vegetables. If you are hooked on grass only lawns, go walk around a golf course.

Sylvia W (46)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 2:05 pm
Probably some a$$#0le neighbor complained because he didn't have a perfect lawn - stupid! This reminds me of that poor guy who tried to turn off his garbage pickup, because he had worked out how to have no trash and the town sued him;

Thursday September 16, 2010, 2:09 pm
This is an extremely idiotic situation!
I wish everyone grew vegetables in their gardens/yards instead of having plain lawns that suck up water and give nothing back.

Robert B (60)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 2:21 pm
I've had an a$$#0le neighbor who doesn't like my yard. It used to be mostly lawn when me and my wife first bought the house. Now it's mostly trees, fruit trees, bushes, all kinds of plants and a garden in the back.As a result I've been informed that my house does not have "curb appeal." I never spray my dandelions that grow on what lawn is left. instead every spring my wife and I make dandelion "fritters". They are very tasty. How arrogant and ignorant for a local government to try to tell a person they can't grow vegetables. How moronic.

Antoinette R. (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 2:55 pm
Noted. Unbelievable!

Pamela K (13)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 3:01 pm
DeKalb County, GA is likely shooting itself in the foot for pursuing this one. Unbelievable!

Judith C (159)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 3:24 pm

steve c. (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 3:49 pm
wow this is just bizzare!!

Sylvie M (46)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 4:28 pm
Absurd, ridiculous, laughable!

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:01 pm
We have several community gardens in Memphis, even one at St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital. Most apartments and condos downtown allow potted vegetable and hanging baskets on patios and balconies. It is one of the things we have done right in this area. It promotes community involvement and a healthy lifestyle and coming soon, we will have a new rails-to-trails bicycle path open from downtown to the largest urban park in America, Shelby Farms. Growing vegetables promotes a better community.

Charlene Rush (2)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:02 pm
Have we lost all sense of reason? Could agri-business have anything to do with this? Is Big Business at it again?

DeWitt Henderson (16)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:11 pm
People. Are. Insane. And for those of you younger readers, I'm middle-aged, and I never even HEARD of gated communities, communities with 'covenants', and all of this other busy-body stuff where people try to keep other people from doing normal everyday things on their own property until I was at least 30, if not older. I will never, ever, live anywhere with this kind of Nazi-ish behavior. And what I think is crazily ironic is that many of the people who yell about 'freedom' the most LIVE IN THESE TYPES OF PLACES! - where it's almost a prison. Bizarre.

Kathleen Rau (2)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:27 pm
How absurd is this?! Steve Miller should be commended not ticketed! Wake up Georgia!! Wake up America!!

Marilyn K (50)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:32 pm
I do not know if this is stupid or very funny. Can't the people in this town think of better things to do with their time then to badger a person for growing too many vegetables?

Bonnie B (103)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:38 pm
Maybe the guy wasn't buying Monsanto seed. Thanks, Jessica! I found the linked article about the Allotment Gardens very interesting as well. I went to a Food Justice conference in May and found out just how difficult and expensive it is to start a community garden in San Diego (the fee to file the application is $5000! and you pay more if it goes through!) The Social Services Department is actually working to change that, which was surprising. I think this will begin to change as more people become active and want community gardens and the right to grow food on the land they OWN, for pity's sake! In SD people are allowed to keep a few chickens, right in the heart of the city, which I think it kinda cool. I must admit that I wasn't too pleased with a neighbor who had a rooster that never shut up!
Anyway, I hope the movement, which is gaining momentum, will bring back Victory Gardens and such. There are many people working to bring food justice to your neighborhood!

Sonny Honrado (5)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:43 pm
For what reason are they suing besides producing too much? Are the produce wasted or sold or comsumed by others?

Anne K (139)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 5:47 pm
This is absurd. There are too many people with no common sense or ability to reason. Homeowners are encouraged, if not forced by deed restrictions to grow and maintain a lawn of useless turf grass, requiring water, chemical herbicides and fertilizers. These lawns feed no one. Everyone should have the freedom and encouragement to grow vegetables rather then turf grass.

. (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:08 pm
Wow, he's the only smart one in the bunch!

Toni C (508)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:18 pm
Okay folks, let's face it... it seems our authorities have so much time on their hands they can go into someone's backyard and count their tomatoes! Another country called the American people "simple minded"... that's bad enough, but do we have to go out of our way to they're right???? Gimmee a break!

Linda h (86)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:38 pm
This kind of style police thing has been going on for years in various places. Some of it can make a nice neighborhood but sometimes it's just idiotic. Dirt is for plants. Plants that feed the hungry are the most beautiful sometimes.Still,you wouldn't want GM plants right?

Karina Sm (2)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:39 pm
these are the tiny cracks the law system has...

Geraldine Dutka (5)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:46 pm
Beaurocrats need to justify their existence by enforcing moronic laws! Way to go Steve Miller, I wish I had the space to grow heaps of veges. All the best to you.

Patricia A (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 6:49 pm
Insane. So we can have all the beautiful lawn we want with all of it's waste of water and endless toxic chemical treatments seeping in to the ground but if we want to use our own land to in a renewable and nourishing way, that also happens to feed people and the air it is illegal? WTF!! We gotta get our food back! Ever since the 70's USDA, FDA, NIH have pushed almost every natural food source out of the US, they have killed the American local farmer, brought us genetically altered fruits and vegetables and now are cloning our animals and all of it owned by mega conglomerates. They are literally creating a monopoly on food. It is getting to the point where we are not even allowed to feed ourselves if we do not want the Frankenfood they are pushing! The system is criminal to animals and to us. All the regulatory departments have to be totally restructured and new people outside big agri need to brought in.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 7:04 pm
i guess they got nothing better to do in that city

Sue Sholer (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 7:23 pm
This is how your "Tax Dollars" are spent...This is just unbeleivable

Sharon S (8)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 8:24 pm
I hope to have my mini-farm soon. At least there I will not be harrassed for growing too many vegetables and fruits, I hope. With our Govt. you never know. I hope they will leave him be soon. There are so many other matters that are more important and more pressing. Good luck to him.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 9:07 pm
Noted, thanks.

Marj C (4)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 9:33 pm
The single largest "crop" grown in America is grass, our lawns.

The good thing about it is we know it will grow stuff. Now all we have to do is change crops.

Patricia N (9)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 11:38 pm
Just when you think you've heard it all....along comes another amazingly stupid law being enforced.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 11:39 pm
Had he given the aurhorities a huge amount of veggies on a weekly basis, then it would have been okay to grow it.

SANJA l (96)
Friday September 17, 2010, 1:02 am
Much too evil to do that someone who do good.

Christene Du Preez (37)
Friday September 17, 2010, 2:08 am
Okay, disturbing news to say the least, i dont even know what to say to this, Freedom is no longer a right but a privilage it seems. if they sue for something as ridiculous as this, then they should sue for everything that is too much, sue the governer for taking too much tax money, sue the couple next door for having ten children, sue the restaurant for too many calories in their foods, good heavens, i cannot believe this.

Mark H (44)
Friday September 17, 2010, 2:14 am
This must be something more personal.....or maybe????? It makes no sense. Here in Seattle, they are trying to increase in city farming to 40% of total farm goods consumed produced in during WW2.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 3:13 am
The stupidity of our governments is beaten only by the absurdity of our antiquated laws. Corporates and NGOs have caught up with the green, "conservation" movement; yet our governments continue to live in the dark ages.

Friday September 17, 2010, 4:39 am
Excuse me for being ignorant, but, in Georgia, to apply to for any beaurocratic position, does one have to have a degree in " How To Be A Total Prat?"

Jere W (9)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:24 am
Noted. How utterly stupid is this?

. (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 7:32 am
All I can say is holy crap. This is what we elect into office. Yikes!

Justin R (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 7:57 am
Is this not a free country? Why are we fighting for Freedom in strange lands when we are ruled by control freaks? Write to the government to save the wages of these ridiculous “advisory = aka control boards” they are a waste of money; all it does is support a bunch of well-paid bureaucrats who never move their butt from their office desks while farmers struggle to make a living.

Fight unnecessary food imports! No food which can be grown on our soil should be imported! Fight for your local farmers! Support your local ecomony!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday September 17, 2010, 8:14 am
Thanks for post. No wonder "The Coalition of the Willing" invaded Iraq.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 9:08 am
People on power trips certainly can screw up priorities.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 9:41 am
This is silly, and doesn't the local government have much more important items on their agenda? Oh, and to spend tax payers money on, rather than a law suit for growing extra vegetables.

Arielle S (313)
Friday September 17, 2010, 9:46 am
There's just no limit to stupidity, is there?

Gloria H (88)
Friday September 17, 2010, 11:43 am
Maybe he should buy rolls of Astroturf and plunk them will stay "green" forever! Or cover it with concrete sprayed green. This sounds like it needs to go on the evening news if anyone dares show the story. The powers-that-be ought to slink off into a dark corner where mushrooms grow.

Jennifer M (78)
Friday September 17, 2010, 2:46 pm
OMG!! Absolutely insane.

Mike M (40)
Friday September 17, 2010, 4:03 pm
It sounds like Georgia!

kenneth m (52)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:12 pm
The city just wants more money to waste

Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 8:07 pm

Alicia N (87)
Friday September 17, 2010, 8:36 pm
I am not surprise. Sadly, we ( humans ) a lot of times don't make any sense at all

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Friday September 17, 2010, 8:57 pm
Only in the USA can the government tell you what you can do with your own land. Ridiculous!!!

Christine Stewart (134)
Friday September 17, 2010, 9:33 pm
Craziness. I hope he prevails.

Brenda Marie C. C. (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 11:09 pm
Next time he will plant GMO's . I am with you Bonnie B. this guy should have spoken with Monsanto.

Melissah C (389)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 1:17 am
hahah how stupid!

Ann Eastman (31)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 7:55 am
It would be very interesting to know where the complaints sparking the fines/lawsuits originated. Neighbors worried about property value? Local lawn maintenance companies hoping to forestall a decreased demand for their services?

Linda Wallace (32)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 11:01 am
Good grief we are all going to do that soon.

April Thompson (2)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 10:12 am
Leave him alone! it is great he growing what he needs and gives out the excess to others!

Joy Dantine (13)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:17 pm
I know firsthand, you can have too many animals, too high of a building, too many people living under one room and too many cars - but, this is pushing the envelope. Now, I will have fun reading the rest of the story - and report my findings since I am be nature, a regulated person and encourange enforcement.

Joy Dantine (13)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:34 pm
I better understand why; apparently, it runs deeper than just growing vegetables. Under the guise of legitamacy, is improper behavior by more than the grower. It is legal to do as the County is doing. Sad to say, he is one of my favorite people for veggie ventures - but, legal is legal, illegal (against zoning ordinance) is illegal - no matter who you are. I am known to be discerning without prejudice. This is why: The County has the right to do so or not to do so, I would not do so - even though - because of the option and level of such an act. May, I say for the record, oversight and complaints should have been earlier on. I wonder if a neighbor who did not get free vegetables raised all the noise. The County might need the $$$$.

Diane L (110)
Monday September 20, 2010, 2:18 am
Typical politics and bureauracy. I think the city fathers got ticked off because he challenged them by getting his property re-zoned and it's "payback". Yes, it's harrassment. There was a similar situation involving an old man who had a 33-yr-old horse on his property and he was told he was violating an ordinance that prohibited him from having livestock, but he'd had the horse there for over 32 years! They had moved the boundaries only 5 months before he was cited. He ended up losing his battle with them. It's ridiculous. I can see that ordinances are put in place for a reason, but common sense must be used. I guess when it comes to politicians, those terms become an "oxy-moron"?

Deborah L (70)
Monday September 20, 2010, 11:02 am
Much of this is caused by big farm-agri corps. They have written into law, which our elected idiots have passed unto us, the dis informed public, laws against organic farming, which included the small garden plots homeowners have in their yards. Big agri-corps(corpses) want to control all food consumed in America, laced with all kinds of chemicals and toxins which I feel are one of the main causes of the obesity rates raising and the cause of other diseases increasing also. Then in cahoots with big Pharma, who make the meds to treat, but not cure the problems caused by all the GMO food and Frankenfoods foisted unto the people.

Insanity is no doubt caused by eating all of this unsafe commercial food as it is so prevalent in todays society.

Scott B. (0)
Tuesday September 21, 2010, 5:13 pm
Our corrupt servants of Dekalb County, Georgia have no constitutional or statutory authority to regulate the citizens, nor compel their compliance to county ordinances. Visit and discover the constitutional and statutory facts. Citizens are not subjects of regulation. If this were the case, then OUR Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments are worthless than toilet paper. See my Federal suit and Superior Court Petition for writ of mandamus filed against Cherokee County Georgia exposing corruption over ordinances violations upon citizens.
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