Friday, January 11, 2013

Helvenston garden fight goes to Orlando's City Hall on Tuesday

Here's the press release and a link to the new proposed regulations:


"Friends and Supporters –

We have attached the new Vegetable Garden Proposal that the city announced 01/08/2013.  Most of our Patriot Garden must go and now they are regulating the back and side yards too.

We have until Tuesday 01/15/2013 at 8:30a to prepare a presentation for the Municipal Planning Board that is selected by Mayor Buddy Dyer.  They have given us little chance for success but we are going to still try.

Here are our major points:

1.  The government shouldn’t be telling us what we can or can’t do with the land we own as long as there are no quantifiable impacts.

2.  The Proposal is a conviction against edible annuals while all other annuals are unrestricted.

3.  The Proposal is a clear strategy against edible gardens by pushing them under the roof line of the building or in its shadow while at the same time requiring year round success.

4.  The Proposal is an assault against the financially less fortunate that cannot afford expensive fences and raised bed structures by pushing their edible gardens even further into the shadows of the building.

5.  The Proposal is discriminating against ALL edible plants by requiring higher standards and special definitions than any other plant in the City's Landscape Code.  By discriminating against the plants that we eat, you are discriminating against us.

6.  The Proposal is a discredit against sustainability.  The City's code will allow max. 60% environment crushing grass but only max. 25% edible annuals with no impacts. 

The best and fair solution for the City is the simplest.  Edible plants meet the same standards and requirements as all other plants.  An edible ground cover gets treated the same as any other ground cover, an edible annual gets treated the same as any other annual.  Each yard in the City of Orlando must be "kept and maintained" to the same levels as any other yard.  NO HIGHER STANDARDS FOR FOOD. 

Therefore, we are creating a formal Landscape Proposal for the MPB from us which states just that. 

We are asking all local supporters to attend the Municipal Planning Board meeting on Tuesday the 15th at 8:30a in the City Council Chambers, Orlando City Hall.  Please gather in front of City Hall at 7:30am and wear a GREEN shirt.
Thank you so much for your continued support.  God Bless.

Jason and Jennifer Helvenston"

CITY'S PROPOSAL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/119925826



UPDATE: Take a look at how the city's new regulations would effect the Helvenston's garden:



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4 Comments:

At January 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM , Blogger chrissy bauman said...

i think they forgot the national recognition their case has gotten in disapproval of orlando policies.

of course, i still don't approve of them getting in this situation. they can't afford fencing, really? how the crap do they pay their taxes?

 
At January 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Crissy... it's about more than that! It's about the right to private property.

Yeah... they can probably afford a fence. But they shouldn't have to. They're in a crummy neighborhood by I-4 and they have a sunny front yard that's perfect for veggies. Shouldn't be the government's purview. It's their land! It's not like they're piling up mounds of rat-infested trash or anything.

 
At January 12, 2013 at 6:34 PM , Blogger ChrisC said...

My question is this----if the White House/First Family(per Michelle Obama's wish) is allowed to turn part of their lawn into a veggie garden,why shouldn't everyone have the same right?

 
At January 12, 2013 at 6:35 PM , Blogger ChrisC said...

or would the city of Orlando prefer a rusty car up on blocks?

 

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