Michigan Woman Faced 93 Days in Jail for Planting a Vegetable Garden
July 27, 2011
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Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan was faced with a possible 93 days in jail after being charged with a misdemeanor -- planting a vegetable garden in her own front yard.
The garden consists of 5 raised beds, where she grows squash, corn, tomatoes, flowers, and other vegetables. Bass received a warning from the city telling her to remove the vegetable garden, because they claimed it violates an ordinance stating that only "suitable" plant material is allowed in a front lawn -- although exactly what is suitable is not defined.
According to Treehugger:
"When she refused, she was ticketed and charged with a misdemeanor. Her trial, before a jury, is set to begin on July 26th. If she is found guilty, she can be sentenced to up to 93 days in jail."
Fortunately, the jury trial never took place, as on July 14 Bass wrote on her blog that the city had dropped the charges. However, although the case was dismissed, the charges could be reinstated at any time.
Do You Have a Victory Garden?
The idea of planting Victory Gardens goes back to World War I and II, and was advertised as a way for patriots to make a difference on the home front. Planting these gardens helped the citizens combat food shortages by supplying themselves and their neighbors with fresh produce.
Planting your own Victory Garden can go a long way toward healthier eating, and in the long run, it can provide incentive for industry-wide change, and a return to a diet of real food, for everyone, everywhere. A great way to get started on your own is by sprouting. They may be small, but sprouts are packed with nutrition and best of all, they're easy and inexpensive to grow.
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