14 Jul '11, 7pm

Jail time for gardening: Now officially a trend #LegalizeGardening

Hey, remember the woman threatened with 93 days in jail for growing a garden in her front yard? She could have a cellmate! Dirk Becker of Lantzville, British Columbia turned his scraped-dry gravel pit of a property into a thriving organic farm , so of course he's facing six months of jail time . Why? Well, the thing is, this farm was full of DIRT. You can't have dirt in a yard! It's unsanitary. The Beckers were cited under Lantzville's "unsightly premises" bylaw, for having piles of dirt and manure on the property. As the Beckers wryly point out, the letter came on the same day that 8,000 compost bins were distributed to residents in their region. So, to recap: Gravel pit: not unsightly. Beautiful farm with dirt in it: unsightly. Fertilizer in bin in kitchen: civic responsibility. Fertilizer actually out fertilizing: filth! As it turns out, Lantzville has a bylaw that resi...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-14-jail-time-for-garden...

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