Overturn the ruling that deems Mr. Guerrero's garden a nuisance.
  • Petitioned Shelby County Environmental Court

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Shelby County Environmental Court

Overturn the ruling that deems Mr. Guerrero's garden a nuisance.

    1. Kristen Heath
    2. Petition by

      Kristen Heath

      memphis, TN

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September 2011

Victory

After nearly 9,000 people signed the petition on Change.org, Judge Larry Potter said that Adam Guerrero could keep growing his garden, so long as he cleaned it up. He even took things a step further: Judge Potter advocated for Guerrero growing a garden on a vacant plot of city land and using it to teach city youth about sustainable farming techniques. The City of Memphis is currently tracking down a blighted piece of land for Guerrero to take over to set up a community garden!

UPDATE: 9/23/11: The Memphis Flyer reports on today's hearing, saying that "the future is bright for Adam Guerrero's garden." Check out the full story here: http://www.memphisflyer.com/NewsBlog/archives/2011/09/23/update-adam-guerreros-garden

Adam Guerrero, a high school math teacher and Memphis resident, transformed his front and backyard into a thriving, urban garden. He grows tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant; produces biodiesel; and keeps bees. He even takes local students to the garden and teaches them.

But unfortunately, the Shelby County Environmental Court deemed Mr. Guerrero's garden to be a "nuisance." He is being forced to dismantle the garden he has worked so hard over for the past two years, and he must appear in court on September 23, 2011 to show that he has complied with the judge's ruling.

We feel this is an unjust action against an innocent man. Mr. Guerrero is providing technical and vocational skills training to the youth of Memphis. A garden is not garbage or rubbish, especially not one that encourages youth to be involved with their community in a positive way.

Please sign the petition urging the court to overturn the decision and let Mr. Guerrero keep his garden!

Join the Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164207606998859

Read the Memphis Flyer article here: http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/seeds-of-discontent/Content?oid=3052172

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! Memphis Teacher Gets to Keep His Urban Garden

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      After a fruitful campaign on Change.org, a Memphis urban garden will keep on growing.
      Adam Guerrero grows vegetables, produces biodiesel, raises honeybees, and composts in the front and back yards of his Memphis home. He even brings some of the local...

    2. Big News!! Adam's Garden Can Stay!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      HUGE news from today's hearing. Adam Guerrero can keep his garden so long as he cleans it up a bit. He might even be able to expand his sustainable food operation! Check out the Memphis Flyer piece for more info.

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures
    4. Memphis Judge May Force Shut Down of Urban Garden

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Memphis resident and school teacher, Adam Guerrero, brings new meaning to the term "green thumb." In the front and back yards of his Nutbush-area home, Guerrero grows eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers; makes his own biodiesel and soap; composts all of...

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. Environmental Court Calls Eco-Friendly Yard a "Nuisance"

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Is one neighbor's complaint enough to warrant the destruction of Adam Guerrero's urban garden?

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. Thousands Demand Judge Save Memphis Garden from Destruction

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      In fewer than five days, more than 2,500 people have joined an online campaign urging a judge to save a Memphis urban garden from destruction.
      Memphis residents Kristen Heath and Hannah Giles launched the campaign on Change.org after reading about...

    9. Another Urban Gardener Bites the Dirt

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Environmental news site, Grist, covers Adam Guerrero's story

    10. Reached 2,500 signatures
    11. Support Needed Before 9/23!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Mr. Guerrero will need to appear in court THIS FRIDAY, 9/23, to show that he has complied with the j's ruling. It's important that we get the ruling overturned before then!

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Paul Gregg SEYMOUR, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      This garden is very valuable not only as a food source for the local food pantry, but as a learning tool for young people to learn to grow some of their own food. I have a big garden, and I donate produce to the local food pantry. Mr. Guerrero is to be congratulated, not penalized. Also, rats are easily prevented from invading compost, if that is a real concern to the complaining neighbor.

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    • Ed Drain FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I had a garden every day of my life till I went off to college. Growing any kind of food attracts wildlife. The neighbor should get over it.

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    • Mark Capps LOGANVILLE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I run a 10 acre farm myself. These types of laws have to stop on private property.

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    • Thom davis CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 2 years ago

      What kind of mentality tells a person to be less sustainable in this day and age!

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    • Steven Olsen SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      Why on earth would such an unjust law even exist in America?

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