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July 15, 2011

Michigan vegetable garden charges dropped

Charges against an Oak Park, Mich., woman, who faced 93 days in jail for having a vegetable garden in her front yard, have apparently been dropped.

The attorney for Julie Bass said, however, that he is not certain that officials won't revive the charges after the negative publicity subsides.

News of the action against Bass, who has a tidy collection of raised beds in her front yard where she grows vegetables, went viral, and officials in the town found themselves swamped by bad publicity after charging Bass with violating city codes.

The Oak Park Hates Vegetables Facebook page, for example, has more than 29,000 "likes."

I am thinking that this might make a good headline on the story: "Tomatoes beet bureaucrats."


Posted by Susan Reimer at 10:59 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Garden news


Now they have new charges on her. They are charging her with having unlicensed dogs, even though her dogs are licensed.


Update on Julie Bass case:

They are charging her with having unlicensed dogs, even though her dogs are licensed.

You might want to check Julie's blog, the charges have not been dropped. She wrote:

"1- the charges against us were not actually “dropped”. they were dismissed by some judge we have never heard of or seen. we hope this person is a real judge, and had the real authority to dismiss our case, but we are going to double-check on that today

2- the dismissal without prejudice means that the prosecutor can come back at any time and reinstate the garden charge as well (he has already reinstated the dog license charge, but i will get to that in a minute). there has been no final disposition of the case, so we can’t take a deep breath and relax."

I cant believe what this world is coming too. Don't these people have real criminals to go and arrest. Good grief this is ridiculous. we have far worse crime in South Africa than "vegetable gardening"
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I remember when I first heard about this on Yahoo news. I don't understand though, why was she charged? There are alot of people in my neighboorhood with vegetable gardens in the front yard.

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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