This boarders on the absurd, but appears to be real. A Michigan woman has been charged with a misdemeanor for growing a garden in her front yard, and threatened with jail time. Apparently in Oak Park Michigan, they take their lawns very seriously.
As health and environmental concerns rise, so does the popularity of urban homesteading. While growing your own vegetables may seem like a harmless enough practice, Oak Park resident Julie Bass now faces misdemeanor charges for setting up a vegetable garden in her front yard. Bass set up her garden in the hope that she and her family could eat organic without having to buy from expensive grocery stores. The garden has become a community favorite as neighborhood children are encouraged to help her maintain the garden and eat from it.
However, the City of Oak Park is now charging her with a misdemeanor for not having a “suitable” lawn in accordance with city code. The city prosecutor is pursuing a full trial against Mrs. Bass bringing charges against her that could carry a 93 day jail sentence.
Sign the petition and send a message to the city prosecutor here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/oak-park-hates-veggies/
And see the local news report here: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/julie-bass-of-oak-park-faces-misdemeanor-charge-for-vegetable-garden-20110630-wpms