And in the categories of World Gone Mad/Public Officials Who Apparently Don’t Have Any Real Problems to Solve, comes this crazy garden story of a Canadian couple whose awesome kitchen garden is in VIOLATION of town codes.
The Huff Post reports that Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp’s veggie patch in Drummondville, Quebec, has local officials’ panties all in a bundle because it’s only supposed to cover 30 percent of their front yard.
These farmy French folks have reportedly lost a combined 100 pounds eating their own cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, beets, onions and brussel sprouts… but no matter. What’s public health and the obesity epidemic up against nonsensical town ordinances?
The couple has been ordered to scale the garden back or face fines of between $100 and $300 per day; they’re fighting the power, ala John and Yoko, with a stylish (raised) bed-in. (You can also watch a cool photo video of their garden’s progress here.)
There’s a petition to save the garden here, already signed by more than 11,000 incredulous supporters – including moi.
Authorities say neighbors have complained about the garden, but the couple is suspicious, as they’ve generously shared their bounty and have received only rave reviews.
News folks also report the city plans to make all front lawn vegetable gardens illegal this fall. Funny, because the city’s summer bulletin features a big old front-page picture of a child chomping on an ear of corn – which is apparently charming, unless it came from a front yard garden.
Who’s behind this bullshit?
Is some mega-grocery chain a big donor to Drummondville municipal council members?