Monday, July 23, 2012

Couple refuses to tear out vegetable garden after demands from council

With nothing better to do, a Canadian council is going around terrorizing vegetable gardens.
Michel Beauchamp and wife Josee Landry planted this incredible vegetable garden on the front lawn at their Drummondville, Quebec.
They have cucumbers, tomatoes, beets and Brussels sprouts, but according to the town code, gardens can only take up 30 per cent of front yards in the St-Charles-de-Drummond neighbourhood where they live - everything else must be grass.

But Michel Beauchamp and Josee Landry are rolling up their sleeves, ready to fight, petitioning to save the thriving vegetable garden, the one the council wants to destroy.
The couple have been given two weeks to tear up most of their garden, which feeds them and many of their neighbours.
The deadline was yesterday, but Mr Beauchamp and Ms Landry refused to obey.
Instead, they are petitioning for the council to ease up on the rules, which are fines of up to $300 a day.
'It must be a right to be able to grow our vegetables on our land. It is nonsense to ban it,' Mr Beauchamp said.

These two gardeners have more than 6,000 signatures in favor of their cause. 
Authorities said that community members had complained about the garden but the Beauchamp's said no one had complained to them and that they share much of what they grow.
'They love it. Everybody is surprised by the kind of taste we can have from fresh vegetables,' he said.
The city plans to make all front lawn vegetable gardens illegal this fall. 
But that ridiculous measure would only apply to new gardens.