A family in Sugar Creek, Missouri has been given four days to tear out their entire vegetable garden or face a fine from their municipality.Their offense? Planting vegetables in their front yard. What makes the situation even more unfair is the fact that the ordinance under which the city is fining Nathan Athans and his family was just passed on March 28, 2016. Because of that remarkably convenient timing, Athans believes he is being personally targeted.
He would move the garden to the backyard but it doesn’t get adequate sunlight, so the vegetables can’t grow there. The new law says the garden has to be at least 30 feet from the road, which isn’t possible on Athans’ property. That last word is what makes this all so ridiculous: It is, in fact, private property.
A front yard vegetable garden might not be to everyone’s taste, but that doesn’t justify using the government to force gardeners to comply with other people’s preferences.
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