7 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Florida Senate

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.

Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll with the Institute for Justice
535 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Oneonta Common Council, Gary Herzig, Melissa Nicosia, David Rissberger, Michelle Osterhoudt, Dana Marie Levinson, Russ Southard, John Rafter, Joseph Ficano

Legalize beekeeping in the City of Oneonta, NY

Oneonta, NY is one of a very small number of municipalities (Ithaca and Geneva) in New York State that outright bans beekeeping within city limits. With a rising popularity in backyard beekeeping at a time when pollinators are under threat from disease and habitat loss, now is more important than ever to enable citizens to do their part to encourage local pollinator populations, which benefit home gardeners as well as small farms within a 5-mile radius of a hive. A common sense amendment to City Code § 68-1 to allow beekeeping within the city is a reasonable provision for a rural urban center in the middle of the farming communities of Central NY, in the Northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains.A recent 2015 amendment to the same provision allowing keeping of chickens passed after much debate, and a 1-year sunset provision has been removed in 2017, as no issues have arisen from allowing the practice in the city. The same logical conclusion can be applied to the practice of beekeeping. In 2010, the City of New York legalized beekeeping with great success. In NYC there is no fee to register as a beekeeper and there are no limits on the number of hives permitted. An annual form from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene gathers basic information and requires registering the hives with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets via the Honey Bee Health Information Form.If New York City can safely and smartly allow beekeeping in one of the largest cities in the world, there is no reason why beekeeping should be prohibited in Oneonta, or anywhere else.

Oneonta City Beekeepers Legislative Action Group
191 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to The city of St. George

St. George community garden needs to stay where it currently resides

I am a member of the community garden located by the new all abilities park in St. George, Utah. Today I received an email stating that in 2018 the city is going to put a parking lot in where the garden currently resides.This is city land, but shouldn't the people have a say on where their tax paying money goes? The community garden has been around since 2010. The community garden has about 50 plots. People pay a fee for one year for their plot and it comes with AWESOME soil and water. There are 4 plots that are dedicated to helping the city and all the produce that comes from those plots goes to the local soup kitchen. Over 1,400 lbs of fresh produce is donated each year. As well as this resource helping the community it also helps educate all age groups on gardening in St. George. It helps people understand they can garden year round here in St. George. The garden teaches kids the importance of hard work, and where produce comes from. Many of the members of the community garden live within HOA's that do not allow personal gardening. Some folks simply do not have room in their yard for a garden. Me along with a few other people share plots with family members and share the fresh produce with family. I hope you can see how unsettling this issue is. I go to the the garden a few times a week to water I have seen a decrease in park attendance. Every time I go there there are plenty of parking spots. Not to mention there is a big parking lot to the North of the tennis courts, that is a lot of the time empty. The community garden is a refuge for many struggling with mental illness, death of a loved one, infertility, etc; Something about digging in the dirt and putting hard work and sweat into something and seeing the beautiful fruits of our labors is very therapeutic.... and delicious! Its a beautiful place with great soil that has been worked on for 8 years. It would be a shame to plow it all down and replace it with an asphalt parking lot. Please sign this petition and say no to pavement, and yes to the community garden! 

Teisha Field
652 supporters