Saturday, August 24, 2013

USDA Shuts Down 4-Year-Old's Garden

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Names have been altered to protect those involved....

Just when you think the front-yard garden wars can't get worse, enter USDA's rural development dictatorship domineering the food source of the most vulnerable of our society.

In a South Dakota subsidized housing unit live four-year-old Rosie and her severely disabled mother, Mary. They survive on an incredible $658 fixed disability stipend. A tiny unused space just outside their back door seemed like a good place to grow some veggies to supplement their food source.

The garden was mostly tended by Rosie starting this past May.

[Always BEFORE harvest] The garden was ordered by property management to be completely removed...this week. Where are the orders really coming from?

Why, from the USDA's Rural Development Agency, of course, who set up the rules for property managers to ban "structures" of any kind within their landscapes. Property management is strictly upholding this policy.


Some argue that if you enter into an agreement with any property, you are bound by those rules. However, we're not talking landlords - we're talking a government agency closely dictating this family's plot of grass, food source, and ensuring their dependence and subservience to them. Plus, ordering a four-year-old girl from a hungry poor family to uproot her summer's work (before they can even enjoy the fruits of her labor) goes against the grain of humanity and common sense.

They are not holding up their mission statement:
USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities. Our role is to increase rural residents' economic opportunities and improve their quality of life. Rural Development forges partnerships with rural communities, funding projects that bring housing, community facilities, utilities and other services.
If you're wondering why it's illegal to feed the homeless, provide food in your own damn yard, serve your community with a food club, and city workers can and often uproot community gardens and residential yards - there's a reason for the nonsensical madness. It's not just bureaucrats acting ignorantly or being jerk-heads. As global elitist rulers anticipate the deliberate toppling of the food supply and urbanization, we can expect top-level on down bullying from two strong arms of the UN: Codex Alimentarius and Agenda 21.

If you'd like to do something to help this family or send a clear message to the USDA that we are watching and will not allow this absurd dictatorship, you can use the template from the petition provided by Kitchen Gardens International:
SEND DIRECTOR MEEKS AN EMAIL:
To: elsie.meeks@sd.usda.gov 
Cc: kevin.strickler@sd.usda.gov, trace.davids@sd.usda.gov, roger@kgi.org 
Subject: Allow USDA-subsidized housing residents to grow vegetable gardens 
Message body: 
Dear Director Meeks, 
I urge you to make a loud and clear statement to all the property management companies your agency contracts that USDA-subsidized residents have the right to keep their own vegetable gardens provided that these gardens are actively maintained. Vegetable gardens grow healthy and affordable foods as well as a sense of community. Rather than preventing low-income and disabled residents from providing for themselves, we should be doing everything we can to encourage them. Thank you for your attention to this matter. 
Sincerely yours,

(Your name, your town, your state)
Another thing would be to break government dependence, starting now, at any cost.

H/T to Sarah from Healthy Home Economist for bringing this story to light

Please see this Update:
4-yr-old Rosie Will Have a Garden Next Spring via Property Management

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.

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15 comments:

stevor said...

if some government Nazis try to exert their "authority" in the wrong garden, they're likely to end up in a situation like a Twilight Zone episode where somebody disappeared and the crops in the garden really started to fluorish!

William Burke said...

You are right. They are not doing this because they're incompetent or insane. Some may indeed be, but that's not the reason. They LOVE it when you dismiss them as cranks and morons - it makes their job a lot easier.

What this is about is creating an Agribusiness monopoly on the food supply. Once they have, they can charge you anything they want, and they want a LOT.

Or, they can keep the food off the grocery shelves. You'd be surprised what you'll agree to do when you're starving.

Anonymous said...

The author has hit the nail on its head with this report ,A-21 n codex. People need 2pay att.and get mad as hell

Heather Callaghan said...

Great points - I really want to hammer that point about DELIBERATE actions. Most people get riled up thinking - why are they doing this (when everyone hates it and fights back so much)?

They have to!

I added a point about their mission statement:

They are not holding up their mission statement:
USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities. Our role is to increase rural residents' economic opportunities and improve their quality of life. Rural Development forges partnerships with rural communities, funding projects that bring housing, community facilities, utilities and other services.

Anonymous said...

Elsie, Head of South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture, and Kevin...

It is a good thing I am writing to you by e-mail because it would most likely be one of the hottest conversations you would remember having if I was to meet with you face to face. When I read the news article about this my blood boiled, righteous anger rose up, and a powerful urge to fight for JUSTICE overwhelmed me. I am getting it that there are thousands of others who have been reading this and are ready to tell whoever you all are, U.N. or otherwise, to go fly a kite. WHO makes you or them GOD over people and their efforts to provide a living for themselves as the Creator told us we should do. You and all those who agree with the Agenda 21, etc., poor little people who cannot see the honor and the creativity of people and their ability to do a noble thing. And you have to prey upon the DISABLED and CHILDREN, and hard working people??

YOU ONLY KNOW HOW TO MAKE SCIENCE A GOD, GREEDY, SELFISH PEOPLE A GOD...OH, AND DON'T FORGET MONEY!!! THAT IS ALL THERE IS FOR THE POOR PEOPLE WHO ESPOSE AND BUY INTO THE LIES OF THE ELITE, the "SMART" DEVILS WHO WORSHP LUCIFER and THINk THEY ARE GOING TO WIN this battle for the MINDS and the HEARTS and the EARTH (which) WILL "PASS AWAY BUT MY WORD WILL NEVER PASS AWAY". AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN THE UNITED NATIONS "CONSTITUTION" EITHER... Sad to say, it ain't going to end the way they/you think! DELUSION, ANYONE?

GOD is going to have enough of the abominations that have been going on in this world one of these days very soon. LEAVE YOUR STINKEN HANDS OFF THE CHILDREN and their GARDENS. And while you are at it, all of the "great" Agenda 21 people who are taking over the "care" of everything because you are so clinical and so superior, baloney, THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD WHO ARE INTELLIGENT, CAPABLE and WILLING to deliver valuable produce for a fair price WITHOUT YOUR INTERFERENCE!!! Including all the damnable swat teams, all those who serve "the FORCE", they don't even know what or who they are serving and why. PATHETIC WARRIORS going around bullying little children, the homeless, the disabled, doing what they "should" to make other children/people go hungry and have to eat geo-engineered food so they can PLAY THEIR GAMES AT BEING GOD, or force arrest or kill people in their homes or whatever else that is so "neighborly" to do! All so they can keep their jobs???...wouldn't want to speak up about anything since bullying is IN VOGUE these days! Right? Scary to say NO to someone who thinks they are MORE SUPERIOR THAN GOD, and know everything, yet THEY REALLY DON'T. SO MANY LYING DEVILS OUT THERE THAT YOU CAN HARDLY TELL THE DIFFERENCE. PLEASE TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING ANYWAY?

CWD said...

This administration has gone completely nuts. When it was necessary in the past --- We were FREE to have our VICTORY GARDENS to avoid starvation. We had pride in our selves and our independence from monarchs. Let's not forget how it feels to be FREE.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the problem is with the USDA's rule. The rule is a good one. I think the problem is the property manager's interpretation of the rule. Consider this: What if it wasn't a 4 year old girl with a garden? What if it was a 75 year old man who, after growing up in a rural area, is used to going potty in an outhouse? What if he decides to build an outhouse, right outside his back door, in a government subsidized housing project? That's why the rule exists, to keep people from building all manner of things on common property that they do not own. The stupid property manager, who obviously can't tell the difference between a "structure" and a 4 year old's vegetable garden is the one to blame, not the government. If you notice, in the article, it's not the USDA telling her to remove the garden, it's the property manager.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Aug. 25, 7:05 AM. Thanks for your sensible comment. I also found it odd that a garden would be considered a structure. I agree with you that the rule is being misinterpreted in this case. However, I would prefer to see the rule changed to specifically allow the construction of community gardens including raised gardens and small greenhouses. Gardens bring numerous psychological and physical benefits.

Jim McMexico said...

Government evil on a grand scale. Imagine the damage done to Rosi by these mindless evil pieces of stuff. Would be nice if someone could fund Rosi and her mother so they could live in their own home away from the government thugs.

Scott Lemoine said...

"Another thing would be to break government dependence, starting now, at any cost." Does that include people who would suffer an excruciating likely violent death if somebody decided to end their dependence of fuel and electricity?

Terri said...

Scott, it's coming.
Smart Meters.....

Anonymous said...

Wow....

Im not a bleeding heart type but I feel for the Family.

Anonymous said...

well then Michelle Obama needs to have her garden off the lawn of the white house.

Anonymous said...

Governments hate their people being free.

Anonymous said...

HERES TO ALL you GODLESS,government suck offs,why don't you find another planet to move to, cause your not wanted on this one,and in the not very distance future,your going to be hunted down like the GODLESS, wild animals you are...................

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