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Florida Bans Bans on Front-Yard Gardens

Florida Bans Bans on Front-Yard Gardens

Postby smix » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:14 am

Florida Bans Bans on Front-Yard Gardens
All Outdoor

URL: https://www.alloutdoor.com/2019/06/04/f ... d-gardens/
Category: Politics
Published: June 4, 2019

Description: One couple's struggle caused state to ban garden regulations.
It’s no secret that food is a huge part of prepping and survivalism, and being able to grow your own food is crucial when traditional supply chains are disrupted and local food stores run low. For this and many other reasons (GMO, pesticides, lack of a decent tomato at any commercial produce outlet), lots of people grow their own food in gardens. And for folks in Florida who wish to establish those gardens in their front yards, I hear there’s good news. “CS/SB 82: Vegetable Gardens” passed in March and will become effective on July 1, 2019 if signed by the governor. It essentially flexes state muscle by negating local laws which regulate vegetable gardens.
CS/SB 82 prohibits a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state from regulating vegetable gardens on residential properties. Any local ordinance or regulation regarding vegetable gardens on residential properties is void and unenforceable. The bill provides an exception for local ordinances or regulations of a general nature that do not specifically regulate vegetable gardens, including, but not limited to, regulations and ordinances relating to water use during drought conditions, fertilizer use, or control of invasive species. The bill defines the term ‘vegetable garden’ as a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated for human consumption.

It all began when Miami Shores decided that a front-yard vegetable garden which had been there for 17 years was illegal, and informed the married couple of Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll that it must go. The gardeners took it to the Florida Supreme Court — and lost. In 2017 the couple were forced to rip out their productive garden.
‘That’s what government does–– interferes in people’s lives,’ Ricketts said. ‘We had that garden for 17 years. We ate fresh meals every day from that garden. Since the village stepped its big foot in it, they have ruined our garden and my health.’ Miami Shores claims to promote green living,’ continued Ricketts. ‘What could be more green than walking out your front door and picking what you’ve grown rather than driving to the store and buying what has been trucked in, in quantities that contribute to food waste?’

I recall with pleasure the episode of King of the Hill in which Dale Gribble says, “I wish the government would just ban itself!” I mention it because the result here is more or less the same thing. Government creating a law to prevent government from making a certain type of law. It’s a small victory among a sea of defeats, but I’ll take it.
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Florida towns can no longer ban residential vegetable gardens

Postby smix » Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:29 pm

Florida towns can no longer ban residential vegetable gardens
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URL: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-to ... e-gardens/
Category: Politics
Published: June 26, 2019

Description: Vegetable gardens may not be as visually pleasing as the floral variety, but Floridians looking to save some green by growing their own salad fixings can soon do so without fear. Gov. Ron DeSantis this week signed legislation that bans local governments from enacting ordinances against homeowners from raising veggies in their yards. The law, which takes effect July 1, puts an end to that particular power of towns and municipalities across the state to prohibit vegetable gardens for "aesthetic purposes." The issue became a cause after a couple living in Miami Shores Village contested a $50 a day fine for growing vegetables in their front yard, as they'd done for years. Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll fought City Hall in a case that wound its way up the state's court system, with judges consistently ruling against their money-saving and health-conscious venture. After the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of Miami Shores' right to control design and landscaping standards, the couple replaced their vegetables with pink flamingos. Their cause was not lost, however. State lawmakers proposed and passed legislation that effectively voids the court rulings, with Republican Senator Rob Bradley, who sponsored the bill, reportedly calling the village's action a "vast overreach." The lawmaker noted the difficulty that many families experience getting fresh and affordable food, calling bans against vegetable and fruit gardens ridiculous. About a third of all households in the U.S. grow some of their own food, according to the National Gardening Association. The group says a 600-square-foot garden that costs around $70 a year to cultivate can grow 300 pounds of fresh produce worth about $600 annually.
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