Town Drops Charges Against Woman For Front-Yard Veggie Garden

From The Consumerist:

A woman who faced the prospect of 93 days in jail for refusing to stop growing vegetables in her front yard is sighing with relief after the Detroit suburb dropped all charges against her. All charges regarding her garden, that is. Now they have renewed charges against her for having two unlicensed dogs, even though she got her paperwork taken care of in June.

Julie posted the news in a new post on her blog she set up to cover the story.

The town ordinance says that front yards have to be planted with “suitable, live, plant material.” According to Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski’s interpretation, Julie’s garden didn’t account. “If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common,” he told WJBK. “So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers.”