Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Authorities Seek to Destroy Couple's Immaculate Edible Landscape

Will international activism save this couple's garden from a town code?

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

People are hungry, economies everywhere are tanking. The answer to that problem used to be "do what you can on your own." In America, it was the now iconic Victory Gardens. In Montreal, Canada there is a move to defeat such self-reliance.

For some strange reason, helping yourself is the very last thing the governments in both the U.S. and Canada will "allow" you to do; not even on your own land. Stranger still, it is the lower-rung, local governments that show up in news stories extinguishing property rights in the name of almighty municipal code.

Josée Landry and partner Michel Beauchamp decided to start an urban garden for both economic and health reasons, and they even have documented its progress via their family blog since its beginning. They proudly gave their new passion a name - Rosa - in memory of civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, who refused to take her place as ordered by the tyrannical bureaucracy of the day.

Now it seems that they find themselves forced to take a stand for another basic civil right: food freedom. Instead of allowing this garden to flourish and nourish, local officials in Canada now want to make any new front yard gardens completely illegal by autumn, along with uprooting Rosa.

The crackdown on home gardening has been marching across the first world at a rapid pace of late.  In the U.S. we have seen a woman threatened with jail for 93 days for front yard tomatoes and a Tulsa, OK woman sued after coming home to find her yard full of herbal remedies and vegetation ripped up and taken. Oftentimes, it's a power play, and only when enough negative attention is garnered, do the code enforcers back down, usually citing their targets for some other minor infraction.

This latest move in Canada follows a similar pattern; by enforcing an arbitrary code that front yard gardens (also called kitchen gardens) are only allowed, at the bare minimum, less than 30% vegetation. Who in Drummondville, Quebec would create such a code and why? Also, shouldn't other factors be considered: they own their home, they offer the food to the community without profit, it is aesthetic and has attracted worldwide media attention, as well as some celebrity garden bloggers.

Not only does the city want most of the couple's garden uprooted and tossed, but they are seriously discussing outlawing all future front yard gardens! The only stipulation being that old gardens can apparently stay as long as it meets the "under 30% of the yard" code.

The couple was facing fines of between $100 and $300 per day if they did not comply by yesterday. According to CBCNews, "The couple said they had no intention of complying with the city's request."

As per usual, the local authorities love to vaguely claim that there have been neighbor complaints. CEO of Drummondville, Claude Proulx, called it a question of "uniformity of the urban fabric."

But, Beauchamp has been open with his neighbors, and they have shared the fun and eats. He has had no inkling of anyone disliking the tidy and delicious landscape, adding, "They love it. Everybody is surprised by the kind of taste we can have from fresh vegetables." (Source)

And no doubt the neighbors may also be impressed by the changes they see in the urban farming couple: both growing and eating the garden goods has helped Landry and Beauchamp lose a combined 100 pounds!

Take some tips from this video of their garden's formation:

Urban kitchen garden activist and blogger Roger Doiron got behind the fight and organized an impressive worldwide petition called Stop the War on Front Yard Vegetable Gardens. As of Sunday, they had 800 signatures, yesterday 8,000, and today almost 11,000 and counting. The couple's "bed-in" peaceful protest, Lennon-Ono style, also garnered much support and media attention.

By the way, Doiron is the one who apparently encouraged Michelle Obama to grow the Presidential garden. No sooner had he featured the Canadian garden on his site when they get slammed with threats of hundreds of dollars in fines if they didn't rip it out and replant grass. Do you think he wonders why the White House shows the world about gardening, and then municipalities everywhere start simultaneously cracking down on their residents?

What does it ultimately take to stop the rolling boulder of unyielding municipal power? As evidenced above and in other cases, a negative spotlight, lots of outraged people, and the threat of losing an election (and salary and pension) speaks volumes. The culmination of which recently bought Landry and Beauchamp till September 1, before the officials decide what to do with them. Activism works!

That allows them to harvest their garden, but then what? Will people forget the original intention to outlaw all such yard gardens? That's a problem when things get pushed back - the officials hope that people do not stay so riled up, and that the media moves on. And what of the gardening soldiers? Will they be slapped with other arbitrary code violations?

Let's try to revisit these plights to make sure we don't leave them behind in the big fight for all of our food freedom.

If this garden is deemed illegal, we're in deep you-know-what. - Roger Doiron

Sign the petition: http://www.causes.com/causes/11991-plant-healthy-gardens-feed-a-hungry-world/actions/1667714

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Potager-urbain/404082506296711

Personal website of Josée Landry and partner Michel Beauchamp: http://www.lepotagerurbain.com/

Roger Doiron's Kitchen Garden organization with over 24,000 in the online community: http://kgi.org/

This ultra-sleek video was professionally produced by a friend of the couple:

ROSA | Potager Urbain from Samuel Gaudreau on Vimeo.

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Anonymous said...

I`m Canadian and this is far from the only case of this happening here.The area where I live has now been declared a "U.N. biosphere reserve" (the Bras`dor Lakes) so we to are now under the thumb of agenda 21 and all that it implies...Soon there will be no more back yard gardens either.

Anonymous said...

Canada is the worst.

Anonymous said...

Would have signed the petition, but I don't do faceclamp(book). Otherwise, an inspiring, enraging, and necessary article.

Anonymous said...

From the article: "Stranger still, it is the lower-rung, local governments that show up in news stories extinguishing property rights in the name of almighty municipal code."

This is exactly where you apply your political efforts to the best effect: i.e. local government, where you CAN make a difference. Get someone who sees things your way into office at city hall to have these codes changed. Vote, and, better yet, get out the vote. The other option is to keep watching TV while those who do get politically active keep backing you to the edge of the cliff.

Anonymous said...

how can you vote, when the honest people get eliminated off the ballot by corporate media before the election?

Anonymous said...

Voting? Oh yeah, that. Just like the Americans voted for "change you can believe in" the last time around. Right, the honest people DO get eliminated off the ballot by the government-corporate cabal, and that's that. Everything is a battle, it seems. And, yes, I am among those who will not use Facebook (more like "fecebook") for ANYthing. Can't petitions and other important stuff be handled via something that's NOT a CIA/FBI stooge?

Anonymous said...

I cannot wonder what if all the street where they live would have those gardens? And then, the next street and so on. I tell you they would be overwhelmed by the situation and go nuts. Check out what people are encouraged to do in Cuba, with their city gardens, it is exactly the opposite of what is happening in US/Canada!

Noor al Haqiqa said...

I would have signed the petition but I am not at all interested in joining Facebook for the usual obvious reasons.

I remember an old world man on my street beside the ocean. He got tired of the grass and turned his lawn into a cabbage and potato patch. It was so fine to look at. When he finally passed at a ripe old age his wife reseeded it. Sigh....

Heck here on the coast, the only sorta safe healthy gardening to be honest would be in greenhouses and even then, how do you shut out all the Fukushima drop out and chemtrails?

Canada is SO FLUCKING Agenda 21 it nauseates me but then, we have been conquered by the NWO buzztards already. Mulroney finished the deal but Harper is flying it high ....

Yet how come Michelle Obama gets kudos for HER front yard garden?

Anonymous said...

"Today the myth of legitimacy is being widely seen for what it is: a myth. Every day, fewer and fewer people believe in the legitimacy of the elites. And without that myth, their actions are being seen for what they are: a vicious double standard that excuses theft and murder. This means the state has to increasingly use the second method by which it elicits your cooperation: raw force or the threat thereof. And a sure sign that the elites have lost legitimacy and know it is the fact that they are becoming more violent toward their own citizenry by the hour."
Two Attitudes Toward The State


[More and more people are also seeing through the 'elites' front-men, too - Obama & Romney]

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, that everyone read Jon Rappoport’s blog – IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Mentious said...

I like seeing people do this, except naming the garden after a black communist race protestor is absurd. Generally speaking the hard-core and innovative gardeners, not to mention health-food advocates, have been White Europeans. In fact, Whites are such masters of agriculture they taught and spread agricultural ability all over the world. Truly, naming our garden after Rosa Parks is absurd. It was the communists, in fact, who outlawed individual initiative and collectivized all farms -- making them innefficient failures. It is well-documented that Rosa Parks was a Communist. I mean, for crying out loud: Why not Luther (Luther Burbank) or "Johnny" (Johnny Appleseed). There are countless legendary White gardeners, arborists, and agriculturalists. I'll bet Rosa Parks didn't even have a garden.

Whites who'd name such a garden after her have to be majorly addled in the head.

Mentious said...

A large number of crimes are foiled by armed citizens every year. I recently saw a statistic on this, and it was either 25,000 times yearly or 250,000 times. And yes, the media ignore these stories because, of course, the media owners don't want us armed.

Anonymous said...

canada is so f..k up we you people dont take to the street and protest this nonsense

Unknown said...

Canada is a NWO enclave just like Colorado.

Dr Prepper said...

The next arena of "By Any Means Necessary" will be with regards to food. It's time to stand up and fight these monsters!

Anonymous said...

It's not hard to see why this is happening. Home food gardens threaten corporate farms and grocery stores.

rayb_baby said...

Mentious - Communist??? Race protester??? What kind of ignorant, fascist, KKK member are you? You probably wish slavery was still alive in America. Or at least that blacks all lived in the bottom lands, sat at the back of the bus, used blacks only water fountains, and said nothing but, "Yas, suh! No, suh!, Anything you say, suh!" You don't even understand the reason for the using of her name for the garden. Go away, ignoramus.

Anonymous said...

During the russian revolution the kulaks, the independent small farmers was executed as a social class and the ukraineand mother russia was starved. Millions and millison died and cannabilism was rampant. They up to there tricks again with their GMO's and stuff. Watch the big picture it has all been done before.... this is russia 1917 all over again, it is in the air, smell it..

Anonymous said...

Gotta side with mentious-baby. Parks was a commie plant and the bus protest wad planned...not spontaneous. My Mom was beaten in the south in 1945 for using a white drinking fountain (5 yrs old) & I grew up beating up neighbor kids for calling my her the "special n word." I look white, btw. Even so, facts are facts. The glamorized civil rights movement was another divide & conquer, commie plot. It might be appropriate to name the dirt Rosa, though.

Anonymous said...

The reason that front-yard gardens are being banned is that supermarkets and the corporations that own them might lose money and profits. People's ire should be aimed at firms like Monsanto which seek to control what we eat and to enforce that control through lobbying politicians.

Anonymous said...

If these people want gardens they can have gardens all they have to do is put them in the back yard where they belong not in the front yard.

Anonymous said...

The nice home kitchen gardeners need to download the free PDF written by Mary Elizabeth Croft (a Canadian) entitled "how I clobbered all cash confiscatory bureaucracies known to man" and give it a go...

Anonymous said...

Put the garden where ever the hell you want it ! Plant on the damn roof too, I have seen all sorts of food growing on roofs.

When the SHTF, let the bureaucrats eat the grass they are so fond of.

Anonymous said...

These bureaucrats have violated God's Law. A man can have a garden damn near any place he wants as long as it is on his land. Front yard or back yard, either is OK, as I don't see much difference from a head of lettuce, a patch of grass, or some flowers. They all grow out of the earth. Only in America do the bureaucrats tell someone where he can or can't make a garden. All said my garden is in the back yard.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the likes of Monsanto will suffer if every free American grows his own, non-GMO garden. That will affect the Gates Foundation (500,000 shares), Pharmaceutical companies (look Ma, no disease)and the emerging NWO (death by biotechnology). See, "stuff" does trickle downhill. Growing your own food is just another way to tell these elitists, "we will not go quietly into the night..."

Anonymous said...

the only way to fight this is by a tsunami of activists bashing down the doors at city hall and demanding an end to the nonsense.

when will it be enough people? get your neighbours aware and grow a community to defend yourself against this type of overbearing police state. if the entire community stands in front of the sheriff and says "NO" you aren't
doing this. Then guess what, he won't do it.

Top Dog said...

In 2008, 180 countries declared that their citizens have a fundamental right to food. Only one country voted against this rudimentary right. Can you guess which country that was?

How can the proclaimed land of the free and home of the brave justify such a mean spirited decision? And is it in the best interests of their citizens or in the best interests of someone else?

Instead the United States made it's intentions perfectly clear and voted against the right to food for it's citizens. There is no right to food in the USA, nor is there any right to food legislation pending. Pretty simple isn't it?

I'm wondering if the USA's refusal to participate in The Universal Declarion of Human Rights provoked the growing grassroots right to food movement and the real food revolution? Is the war on food just beginning to heat up?

Food As A Political Weapon

The Ukraine Farmine, of 1932-1933, was not due to natural disasters, droughts, floods or climate changes. It was simple, peacetime genocide. Desgined, directed and planned by Joseph Stalin as a means to subjugate the Ukrainians to Moscow's will.

Starvation was the, "absolutely necessary" tool toward that end, and which claimed the lives of 7,000,000 Ukrainian farmers.

"This was the first instance of a peacetime genocide in history. It took the extraordinary form of an artificial famine deliberately created by the ruling powers.

The savage combination of words for the designation of a crime - an artificial deliberately planned famine - is still incredible to many people throughout the world, but indicates the uniqueness of the tragedy of 1933, which is unparalleled, for a time of peace, in the number of victims it claimed." Wasyl Hryshko - Survivor The Ukrainian Holocaust, 1933

"As many as 7 million Ukrainians were starved in Soviet Socialist dictator Joseph Stalin's artificial, forced famine in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933. This is approximately the total population of Manitoba, Newfoundland, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island." Inky Mark, M. P. Dauphin - Swan River House of Commons 2 June 1998

Stalin lamented: "Oh, no, the Collective Farm policy was a terrible struggle... Ten million [he said, holding up his hands]. It was fearful. Four years it lasted. It was absolutely necessary..."

rayb_baby said...

So you'll post a comment from a white racist, but you won't post a non-offense reply. That says more about you than the white racist. Good for you, creeps.

Marijan said...

Agriculture actually developet at four known places in the world quite independently. and none of them was where 'white people' lived. Read Diamond, people.

Paul Hughes said...

Canadian Right to Food Trial

Canada, Let People Raise Their Own Food!

Anonymous said...

You're clearly not a gardener. Food gardens need to go where the sun is. Sometimes that's the bak yard, sometimes it's the front or the side. But more importantly, why does it matter what kind of plants are where? How very arbitrary.

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