It is now legal to grow your own food anywhere in your yard within the City of Orlando. We all managed to change our little part of the world for the better. Congratulations everyone. We did it.
Never mind the convoluted code writing, it would be very difficult for anyone to ever get a “vegetable” code violation again. Our front yard garden is completely legal as is.
Thank you ALL. Special thanks to Kitchen Gardeners International, Institute for Justice, MotherEarth News, TreeHugger, Coalition for Property Rights, Campaign for Liberty, Food Not Bombs, Food Not Lawns, Orlando Center for Urban Permaculture, Front Porch Radio, FloridaSurvivalGardening.com, all of the media, and so many more.
We also told the City of Orlando that we expect more than just accepting edible gardens out of a self proclaimed sustainable leader. We hope to see the new Food Security programs and campaigns that we suggested by the time the new ordinance goes into effect in March 2014, all of which cost the city little to no money. The world is watching to see if the City of Orlando is really a sustainable leader. Be sure and let them know what you expect by keeping the pressure on.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to inform you of an undertaking one of our partners have just started ―the Institute for Justice’s Food Freedom Initiative. IJ seeks to improve state laws for food producers, consumers and entrepreneurs across the country. One of their first cases has our fellow Floridians in Miami Shores going through a similar battle for their front yard vegetable garden—they could certainly use your support!
The Patriot Garden campaign (including 6000+ petition) is still available to anyone who needs it—we’re not the only ones who have had to protect a front yard garden from the government. We hope to continue the movement. Most importantly, we will continue to help others grow their own food. Please feel free to contact us for help.
Keep those Patriot Garden signs up and keep distributing the petitions for all the others.
We have only just begun. Thank you again.
Jason and Jennifer Helvenston