14 July 2011

Julie Bass' Garden Rant Spreads Over the Internet

As readers of this blog, you may recall my recent post about homeowner, Julie Bass', upcoming pre-trial appearance regarding the use of her front yard to grow vegetables.  As stated in my article, Julie faces 93 days imprisonment for growing vegetables in her front yard rather than grass.  We, as members of a world wide gardening community, are outraged that Oak Bluff would deem it necessary to prosecute Julie Bass for doing what we do, gardening!  We may not all be connoisseurs of growing our own produce but we, as a community, believe it is the right of any person, to grow vegetables, in the front yard or back!  Julie Bass does so in a neatly organized fashion and stands for her right to do so!  No where in the bylaws of Oak Bluff does it say one cannot do so.

So, if you, like so many of the rest of us, side with Julie on this, please take the time to visit her blog, and sign the petition.  You may wish to pen a nicely worded note to city council, see the links in the Garden Rant article below,  indicating your support to "grow your own".  Please remember to do so in a polite and pleasing manner.  Losing our tempers will not further Julie's cause, which someday, may be our own personal cause.

If you agree, please spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon, Digg or whatever manner you see fit.  (see the buttons below this post).  

Posting on Garden Rant:  Talk to the Planning Department.

[Note on pre-trials:  a pre-trial is an assessment in court to determine the viability of the prosecution's case.  Both the prosecution and the defence present their cases to the judge.  It will be determined upon this assessment whether the crown/prosecution will go forward in prosecuting this further but the judge must be convinced that there is a probable case.]


Anne said...

that seems such a silly thing - to chargE SOMEONE WITH - AT LEAST SHE IS TAKING CARE OF HER YARD

EG Wow said...

I'm thinking Julie Bass lives in a town with very strange people in charge. Usually MY town doesn't interfere with this sort of thing unless a neighbour complains. I bet Julie's problem is really a neighbour. Just saying.

Shirley said...

EG Wow, it may indeed have started with a neighbour's complaint and escalated to this level.; however, Julie Bass doesn't think a neighbour complained because she thinks if a neighbour had an issue with her garden, they would have addressed it in person.

If you go to her blog, you can read some background information on this situation. Apparently, after some problems with underground pipes or such, the Bass' front yard had been dug up. Rather than re-sod the entire front, Julie checked to see if she could do something different. She didn't receive any negative feedback so she planned her raised beds and planted vegetables in the front yard. However, a city official came by to check on things and decided her plantings were inappropriate. Thus this whole ordeal began.

Julie's blog has the complete background information, should you like to learn more. The petition is available on another page of her blog, just click on the tabs on the upper portion of the blog.

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