Friday, July 22, 2011

Did This Woman Go to Jail for Planting a Vegetable Garden in Her Yard? (VIDEO)

by Max Follmer

(Photo: EatDrinkBetter)

A week ago, we told you about Julie Bass, the Michigan homeowner facing jail time for having the audacity to plant a vegetable garden in her own front yard.

You see, Julie thought the price of organic food had climbed just a tad too high for her pocketbook. So she thought she'd take a hint from our grandparents—and our current locavore friends and neighbors—and grow her own food.

Unfortunately, the code enforcement officers at City Hall in her Detroit suburb didn't think Julie's new garden project was such a great idea. Her mistake? Planting her veggies in her front yard, rather than the back.
They threatened to throw Julie behind bars because, in the words of City Planner Kevin Rulkowski, "that's not what we want to see in a front yard."

So is Julie Bass headed for the Big House? Find out her fate, after the jump:

For the time being, no, reports the Detroit News. But that doesn't mean Julie is out of the woods just yet:

Charges against Julie Bass over her garden have been dropped, but other charges remain for failing to license her two dogs, officials said Thursday.

"I want to look at it, I want to see the facts, I want to see where this vegetable garden is going and make a determination of whether or not to prosecute under the existing ordinance, write a new ordinance and (examine) the public welfare," Lumberg said.
Asked if that meant this case could be resurrected, Lumberg said he couldn't predict what would happen.

MyFoxDetroit, the station that broke Julie's story, has a follow-up interview with her. You can watch the video below:

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