Planting a Veggie Garden = Jail?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Planting a Veggie Garden = Jail?
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Tue, 07-12-2011 - 4:36pm

A woman in Michigan is facing possible jail time after refusing to remove the vegetable garden from her front yard.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/vegetable-garden-brings-criminal-charges-oak-park-michigan/story?id=14047214

Julie Bass, an Oak Park, MI resident, says that she sought and received approval from neighbors and local officials before planting her garden.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-05-2009
Sat, 07-16-2011 - 3:23am
unbelievable! And no way would I back down and take out the garden! NO WAY! She is fully within her rights to plant in her own front yard "suitable" plants. And she shows the exemption, so I'm not sure what the bullying is about. Maybe next year, she'll remove the boxes and just have crops! I would!
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Mon, 07-18-2011 - 11:45am
I wouldn't remove the garden either. The pre-trial hearing is set for the 26th. I hope this works in her favor.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 10:24am
Today is the pre-trial hearing. I hope there's an update on this story. If I can find one, I'll share it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 07-29-2011 - 12:52pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-05-2009
Sun, 07-31-2011 - 10:37pm

that's awesome news, but I'm not totally surprised.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-23-2008
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 10:28pm

any word on the results?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2000
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 10:26am
Yep. It looks like all charges were dropped not too long after her story made the news.

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/oak-park-gardener-cleared-of-charges-for-growing-front-yard-vegetable-garden_20110727_dk
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Registered: 05-28-2011
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 12:01pm

My blood is boiling.