14 Jul '11, 3pm

Toronto Changing Ordinance; Will Allow Front Yard Vegetable Gardens : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Toronto Changing Ordinance; Will Allow Front Yard Vegetable Gardens : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Last summer, the Oliveira family of Toronto planted a front yard vegetable garden. Their four children loved it, the neighbors admired it, and the Oliveira family enjoyed harvesting home grown food from their yard. The city of Toronto's Traffic Planning Department did not share their enthusiasm. They issued a letter telling the family they had to remove the garden. Local newspaper columnists and media picked up on the story . The family received support from all over the world. Letters and phone calls poured into the Traffic Planning department. And the city saw the light. As of this spring, they're rewriting the city ordinances. Previously, sod was the only acceptable material for the front yard of a residence. The city is now adopting an ordinance which will permit the use of "soft landscaping" -- plants other than grass, including flowers, shrubs, and -- (yes!) vegetabl...

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