Vegetables gardens risk being banned due to being too ‘ugly.
A Miami-Dade judge made the bizarre ruling last year that would allow people to oppose their neighbors growing vegetable gardens because of the way they look.
The unusual lawsuit was overseen by Judge Monica Gordo who agreed to the ban despite saying that wasn’t aware of vegetables can look ‘ugly’.
Vegetable gardens are increasingly popular with people who want to live self-sustainably and have more control over fears of dangerous pesticides and herbicides which are increasingly found even in ‘organic’ produce.
She made the ruling based on the idea that the government has the right to decide what constitutes an ugly front garden, such rules are used when it comes for planning permission for people who want to erect structures which would be considered eye-sores to the surrounding community.
“Given the high degree of deference that must be given to a democratically elected governmental body … Miami Shores’ ban on vegetable gardens outside of the backyard passes constitutional scrutiny,”
The case in point concerned Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts who after growing their own vegetables for 17 were ordered to stop by the state. They were told their lawns must be covered in grass, and nothing else, by order of the law.
Richard Sarafan, attorney for Miami Shores noted:
“There certainly is not a fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard,” and “Aesthetics and uniformity are legitimate government purposes. Not every property can lawfully be used for every purpose.”
Carroll and Ricketts have been amazed by the ruling.
“I am disappointed by today’s ruling,” and “My garden not only provided us with food, but it was also beautiful and added character to the community. I look forward to continuing this fight and ultimately winning so I can once again use my property productively instead of being forced to have a useless lawn.”