City Orders Man to Remove Vegetable Garden

The city of Orlando, Florida has ordered a College Park man to get rid of the vegetable garden in his front yard, and are calling it a code violation. This trending news is good to know if you are considering starting a garden. The Orlando man was growing a garden in his front yard. However, the city said that it is against city code. City leaders have told the man to dig it up, but the Orlando man refuses. The next move for the man starting a garden in his front yard is to try and get this city ordinance removed. If you look around the neigborhood that the man lives in, you wouldn't expect that a front yard garden would cause so much controversy. One of his neighbors has a yard that is overgrown with grass and not too far off is the highway. The vegetable garden is well maintained, which you can see as the camera scrolls to view. Unfortunately, city leaders are trying to get the Orlando man to remove the garden. You'll want to take a look at this trending news story on the WESH 2 News site.

For most of people who have vegetable gardens or are thinking of starting a garden, they wouldnt consider their bean poles and lettuce patches to be acts of political defiance. However, for Jason and Jennifer Helvenston of Orlando, Florida their front yard vegetable garden became a battleground, pitting food self-sufficiency against a city ordinance. The Helvenston couple's 25-square-foot micro-irrigated front yard vegetable garden is in contrast to the other yards in his neighborhood, where a finished and inviting appearance is mandatory. Their backyard chickens have not as yet been called into question, with only the front yard garden coming under scrutiny. The City leaders have asked them to remove their garden vegetable patch. Helvenston blames the current situation on a system that allows the city government the authority to dictate what homeowners can and can't do with their properties, something Halvenston argues should never happen. Helvenston has gathered over 200 signatures from his neighbors, some of whom claim they love the vegetable garden, to petition the city to reconsider.

The November 7th deadline for the Helvenstons to remove their vegetable garden passed with their refusal to uproot the vegetables. Helvenston says they can take his house before they take his vegetable garden. Orlando officials have told Helvenston that he will have to appear before a board in December for a hearing on the matter. You can also visit the Helvenston's Patriot Gardens blog to stay current or to offer support. Helvenston also tried reasoning with the city by offering to build a fence on the property. Helvenston is not budging and is another in a long line of gardeners who have literally stood their grounds. Helenston is not the only one in the city who is growing a garden with fears of removal. Since the couple's backyard doesnt get much sun, they decided to rip out the lawn in the front yard and put the 25-by-25-foot, micro-irrigated garden plot there. The unorthodox garden and landscaping went largely unnoticed for months, perhaps because the couple lives on a dead-end street next to Interstate 4. Then, in September, neigbor, Pedro Pedin, who lives in Puerto Rico but owns the rental property next door to the couple, visited with his wife and cast a displeasing eye on their front yard. Pedin says that all of the houses are pretty much kept neat, but their house looks like a farm. Mr Pedin then contacted the city,

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