I feel this goes far beyond a simple “garden issue”. While we should all be able to grow our own food if we so choose, this situation sets precedence for our few remaining civil freedoms. There are no ordinances against what we are doing, and the City has decided to harass us for the last four months simply because a few petty elitists “don’t want this”. There are volumes of information on this site, and I wish I had the ability to condense it all in an unbiased manner. Please comment/share to show your support.
Ferguson, Missouri’s Code Enforcement is attempting to enforce opinions, rather than law. We have been told to remove an ordinance compliant garden from our front yard. The City has quoted six different irrelevant if not fraudulent ordinances against our endeavor, and we have refuted each one using their own laws to do so. The City has been inaccurate and misleading in numerous mailed documents, and holds the stance that personal opinion carries the same weight as written law. When we attempted to file charges for harassment at the Ferguson Police Department, we were laughed at and told to leave. It was said by the public relations officer that “this is a civil issue, not criminal”.
Why waste suitable growing space on grass? There is too much shade in the back yard from neighboring trees, and it’s lower elevation accumulates several other property’s runoff. There are no ordinances stating you can’t have edible landscaping in your front yard (for now). We simply did not back down when we were told to stop by misguided, self appointed authority. We are somehow stuck with the burden of proof, so this is our attempt to serve that purpose, and hopefully gain public support. There are no ordinances that regulate landscaping or gardens in Ferguson, other than a few for weeds and overgrowth (which specifically state that they do not apply to cultivated flowers, or vegetation in gardens), and those against right of way encroachment (trees/vegetation blocking roadways/sidewalks).
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