08 Jul '11, 2am

Mother Facing Jail For Growing Veggies | Care2 Causes

After the city of Oak Park Michigan tore up Julie Bass’ front yard to replace a sewer line the homeowner and mother saw an opportunity. Rather than replacing the front yard with dirt and a lawn she decided to put in a vegetable garden. It’s a decision that could land Bass in jail. That’s right. Despite crippling economic woes and persistent blight, Bass is facing prison for growing basil, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. All in all Bass constructed five large planters where here family’s front yard used to be. And those planters violate city code which calls for all unpaved portions of a front yard to be covered with grass, ground cover or shrubbery or “other suitable live plant material.” Apparently home-grown vegetables are not considered suitable. In a city where there were no fireworks for the Fourth of July and where the work-week has shrunk to four day...

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