Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Video Interview with Jason and Jennifer Helvenston - the Orlando "Illegal" Front-yard Gardeners

Many of us saw the article last week on the couple who have been told by Orlando to tear out their vegetable garden. I saw it too and was inspired to dig deeper. Fortunately, the Helvenston's were nice enough to sit down with me for a half-hour interview over Skype.

They're not crazy, they're not bad neighbors, and they don't view themselves as radicals or revolutionaries. They're just an environmentally keyed-in couple who needed space to grow food and refuse to roll over before city officials who think unproductive grass is better than organic veggies.

Here it is in their own words:

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8 Comments:

At November 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM , Blogger Stampsnob said...

David
I am not getting any sound with volume at high (sad face here ) .Lis

 
At November 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Check the volume button on the bottom left side of the YouTube viewer - it may be muted. I know the volume is okay in the video.

 
At November 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Jason Braeburn said...

Their yard looks very nice. I don't understand what the problem is. I can't imagine they could be prevented from continuing to grow vegetables? Or is that a real possibility?

 
At November 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

It's a very real possibility. Code Enforcement currently doesn't recognize their vegetables as being proper ground cover.

We've hit a new level of stupid in this country. I can't tell you how many people I've talked to that won't even plant fruit trees because they don't want to mess up their lawns. So they buy their fruit at the grocery... and slave away cutting worthless grass...

 
At November 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Jason Braeburn said...

That IS crazy. In fact, I was reading about the different kinds of mulberries and there were so many people complaining about the fruit staining, the bird droppings staining, and tracking it into the house, walkways, etc. I grew up on a farm with mulberries lining the driveway and I only remember them being wonderful...to each their own, I suppose. . .

 
At November 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Sheesh. I've heard the same about mulberries. One of the most productive trees in North America and we're busy breeding fruit-less versions.

If it's any consolation, I'm sure the folks that are hating on fruit trees will be the first to go in the upcoming Apocalypse.

 
At November 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Stampsnob said...

What a terrific interview
I am giving them a thumbs up
I hope we hear the result of their meeting
I am sure there could be a garden design mostly veggies hidden amoung the whatever the required groud cover is.

Lis

 
At May 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Some brave, brave peeps...

You gotta stand for something...

Life ain't worth living if you don't have the courage of your convictions...

While city hall can throw us out of our homes... I think the "powers that be" are awfully stupid to insist on worthless turf... to the point of throwing us out... for veggies... 2 doors down from the interstate....

 

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