· Orlando, Florida, Regulations specify that planted shrubs “shall be a minimum of 24 inches in height” and “spaced not more than 36 inches apart.” The code lists approximately 295 approved and prohibited species of plants, trees and shrubs. *1
· In Oak Park, Mi, Officials have charged a woman with growing a "vegetable garden in front yard space." If convicted, she could spend up to 93 days in jail. *2
· For 17 years, a couple used their front yard to grow food for their own personal consumption. But in May 2013, Miami Shores Village, Fla. amended its ordinance to make clear that front-yard vegetable gardens were prohibited.*3
· Earlier this year, city inspectors bulldozed more than 100 types of plants, including garlic chives, strawberry and apple mint, being grown by Denise Morrison in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The inspectors said her plants were too tall, but city code allows for plants over 12 inches if they’re meant for human consumption, which hers were. The woman is now suing the city for violating her civil rights.*4
· A man was fined $5,200 for growing vegetables in his Clarkston, Georgia backyard, which he not only consumed but also sold at farmers markets and shared with friends. *4
I was truly surprised by the various restrictions and outright bans on Urban Farm Animals. Here’s a random sampling of what I found:*5
· Boca Raton, FL. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor or maintain within the city limits any horses, mules, sheep, cattle, hogs, goats, geese, turkeys, chickens or other livestock or fowl.
· Lafayette, IN. Livestock of any kind is prohibited in this city.
· Henderson, KY. No livestock. Sec. 6-5 Animal, fowl and bees are considered a "nuisance"
· Rockville, MD. Chickens are not allowed; neither are ducks, goats, or anything kept on a farm.
· Albany, NY. No cows, cattle, horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks or geese are allowed within the City of Albany
· Lancaster, PA: No livestock or poultry can be kept within city limits
· Clarksville, TN. It shallbe unlawful for any person to keep or allow to be kept cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine or poultry of any kind in any residential section within the city municipal corporate limits.
· Fond du Lac, WI. No chickens allowed in this city as they are considered a public nuisance.
It wasn't long ago that the US Government was urging its Citizens to plant gardens in their homes to help support food production and the war effort. Well, though not declared, we are waging wars against poverty, food dependency and our environmental impacts on this planet. What could be more beneficial in those areas than for people to grow their own healthy, non gmo food or factory farmed animals at home? Or has Big Ag and politics gotten so big that they are trying to invade every aspect of our lives?