Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll with the Institute for Justice
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Florida Lawmakers: Let Our Gardens Grow. Pass SB 1776.
Like millions of other Americans, we’re gardeners. For 17 years, we’ve put food on our table by growing fruits and vegetables in our garden. But now, a city in Florida is telling us we’re breaking the law. Why? Because our beautiful garden is in our front-yard. A few years ago, the city of Miami Shores passed a law banning vegetable gardens in front yards. Apparently, tomatoes* and kale were deemed too unsightly by the powers-that-be to be seen from the street. Can you imagine the horror—THE HORROR!—of seeing a pepper plant in someone’s front yard while walking your dog or going for a jog! A few days later, an inspector gave us notice that we were law-breakers. Facing the threat of massive fines—$50 per day—we made the hard choice to tear everything down. Growing your own food has been an American tradition since well before America was a country. Many of our founding fathers had bountiful vegetable gardens. And although the Florida courts disagree, we believe that growing your own food on your own property is a constitutional right! That’s why we support a bill in the Florida Senate (S.B. 1776), which prohibits Florida cities from banning vegetable gardens on private property, no matter where they are. Please join us in urging the Florida Senate to pass S.B. 1776. We ask legislators to do so not just so that we can grow our own food, but also so that Florida can be seen as a state that cares about its citizens’ freedom and property rights. It really is a simple truth: Americans should be free to determine where they want to grow food to eat and sell. We don’t need city officials making those personal decisions for us, and we certainly don’t need local ordinances that arbitrarily micromanage how we support our families. So, please—sign this petition today so that Florida legislators will know how important it is to protect food freedom and property rights for all. * Tomatoes aren’t even vegetables—they are technically fruits—but that didn’t deter the inspectors.