Detroit woman faces jail time for planting vegetables in front yard

July 14, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More

It seems to me that Detroit’s use of the word “suitable” is void for vagueness. Nonetheless, a Detroit woman is facing jail time for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard.


Category: Risks and Dangers, Sustainable Living

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Whoa! Talk about Nanny State! Same shit happens here in Holland too now and then :-(…..

  2. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Many cities have an codes that stipulate homes in residential areas should have a similar appearance. I remember a case several years ago, the Nashville codes enforcement dept was all set to demolish a brand new home near Percy Warner Park, where the Iroquois steeplechase is held, because the ultra modern styling of the home was too different from the colonial style hime that dominated the neighborhood.

  3. Mike Pulcinella says:

    Interesting. Maybe she should have claimed that she was raising the veggies for religious purposes, as when we were confronted with a neighbor running a tax free butcher shop out of a yard of a similar size.

    The neighbor was a Santeria priest and was allowed to continue activities that were against local zoning laws simply because of his religion. He was housing and sacrificing goats and chickens, which was prohibited by Wilmington Delaware zoning banning livestock in the city. The Wilmington authorities were frightened into inactivity because religion was involved.

    And yet this woman may go to jail for far less.

    For those who are interested, I made a mini-documentary series about the incident …

  4. Erich Vieth says:

    “Michigan gardener Julie Bass has confirmed with NaturalNews that all charges have been dismissed in her case, including the two misdemeanor dog licensing charges the city threatened her with after dropping her “illegal gardening” charge.”

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