Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Victory for Food Growing Freedom!

The Helvenstons finally pulled it off!

Check out their latest post:

It is now legal to grow your own food anywhere in your yard within the City of Orlando.  We all managed to change our little part of the world for the better.   

Congratulations everyone.  We did it.

Never mind the convoluted code writing, it would be very difficult for anyone to ever get a “vegetable” code violation again.  Our front yard garden is completely legal AS IS.

Thank you ALL.  Special thanks to Kitchen Gardeners International, Institute for Justice, MotherEarth News, TreeHugger, Coalition for Property Rights, Campaign for Liberty, Food Not Bombs, Food Not Lawns,, Orlando Center for Urban Permaculture, Front Porch Radio, all of the media, and so many more.

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I don't like legal battles one bit.

I pay my taxes, abide by all the non-native invasive plant requirements in my nursery and even keep an actual valid driver's license in my wallet. The thought of "fighting back" against something unjust is a thing I can appreciate... but I think I have a little too much Amish pacifist in me.

That said, what Jason and Jennifer Helvenston did impresses the heck out of me. They stood up to the city, played nice with their neighbors, let their story be known and refused to plow under their food despite the threat of heavy fines.

Good work. I'm impressed.

That front yard garden beats grass any day.

If you missed my original video interview with them, here it is again:

And my Mother Earth article is here.

One of these days I need to go down there and do a new video shoot featuring their garden... anyone want to spot me some cash for a good video camera? :)

Let's keep winning these fights!


At December 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM , Blogger Mamma Bear said...

Awesome...Good job all of you involved!

At December 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM , Blogger PioneerPreppy said...

That is some good news. Property rights for the win!!!

At December 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yeah. It's about bloody time. Property taxes already = non-ownership, since we're basically just renting land from the state. Then when you tack on local ordinances, it's really hard to do much of anything with your land other than grow grass.

At December 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM , Blogger GardeningDirections said...

I would love to see this legal everywhere. Here are some pictures from my "Edible Landscape" in Jamaica.

At December 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

That's fantastic - thanks for sharing.

At December 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM , Blogger MClemons said...

Now when will the city of orlando allow me a couple chickens in my backyard?! HOA BE DAMNED

At December 19, 2013 at 11:20 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Preach it!

At August 15, 2014 at 2:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacksonville, FL allows growing chickens in the city limits now.


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