- In Oak Park, Michigan, officials have charged a woman with growing a “vegetable garden in front yard space.” If convicted, she could spend up to 93 days in jail.
- For 17 years, a couple used their front yard to grow food for their own personal consumption. But in May 2013, Miami Shores Village, Florida amended its ordinance to make clear that front yard vegetable gardens were prohibited.
- Earlier this year, city inspectors bulldozed more than 100 types of plants, including garlic, chives, strawberry and apple mint, being grown by Denise Morrison in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The inspectors said her plants were too tall, but city code allows for plants over 12 inches if they’re meant for human consumption, which hers were. The woman is now suing the city for violating her civil rights.
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It’s not so hard to grow a few crops in an old recycling box on your front steps, even something as small scale as that could supplement your salads through the rest of the summer. This kind of veg growing box scheme is something the Transition Town Movement do to start people growing something small at home and seeing where it leads. Many Transition Towns also have their own community allotments or orchards, tended to by local volunteers.
Seed swapping days, such as this one earlier in the year, are another regular event, which could also become more subversive if the EU plan to prevent people from exchanging seeds and growing heirloom varieties without being licensed, ever goes ahead. Thankfully there’s a big fight to stop it, sign the petition here, but keep following updates as we’re not out of the woods yet. And why not help plan your own seed swapping even next Spring, saving the seeds from your summer crops to swap with others and grow a more diverse selection of produce.