Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Couple Fights to Bring Edible Gardens Back Into Orlando

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Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Just over a year ago, Jason and Jennifer Helvenston were ordered to destroy their 25 x 25 micro-irrigated front yard veggie garden on their own property or else pay $500 per day in fines. That deadline of November 7th, 2012 and a second one in January 2013 came and went. The couple never budged - they toiled on despite the threat of burdensome fines, tiresome hearings and harassment from city workers of Orlando, Florida.

The couple asked everyone to join them in an online campaign called "Plant a Seed, Change the Law" that included free seeds. Jason had said:
They will take our house before they take our Patriot Garden.
The city had demanded they uproot and replace with appropriate ground cover (grass) for aesthetics' sake. In other words, there was no law in place restricting them.