Canadian Couple’s Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

Canadian Couple's Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

Here’s another case of government gone horribly wrong.  A Canadian couple is fighting to keep a vegetable garden they grow on their property in Drummondville, a town about 60 miles northeast of Montreal.

Earlier this spring, Michel Beauchamp and his wife, Josée Landry, planted an elaborate (and quite pretty) vegetable garden on the front lawn of their home.  It replaced a flower garden.  Because they wanted to eat better, they planted a variety of veggies, ranging from tomatoes to brussels sprouts.  Eating food from their own garden has helped each lose weight, a combined total of 100 pounds.

Canadian Couple's Kitchen Garden Targeted By Draconian Local Authorities

The government doesn’t care, however.  The deadline to remove the garden has already passed.  According to the local government, 30 per cent of the front lawn must be covered in grass.  The city has sent the couple two letters, ordering the couple to reduce the size of their vegetable garden.  After Sunday, they face fines of $100 to $300 per day.

They aren’t deterred.  “It must be a right to be able to grow our vegetables on our land. It is nonsense to ban it,” said Beauchamp.  A spokesperson for the city said neighbors have complained about the garden, although Beauchamp is challenging them to on that count.  He shares his home-grown produce with the neighborhood.  And it’s hardly unsightly.

“They love it. Everybody is surprised by the kind of taste we can have from fresh vegetables,” he said.

Beyond squashing this couples healthy eating, the city plans to make it illegal to grow vegetables on front lawns anywhere in the city during the fall.  The city held public consultations on the new rule and it said no one objected.

This is what you get when you allow a nanny state.  The couple are now petitioning for the council to relax its draconian rules.  In part the petition reads:

Front yard kitchen gardens are not the problem; they’re part of the solution to healthier and more sustainable communities. Thanks for helping us to defend them.


Head on over and sign the petition.

The Hidden Costs Of The 2012 Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is as always a Gordian Knot of legislation.  The 2012 bill is slowly making its way through the Senate.  It’s not without tons of controversy.  The infographic below, courtesy of, puts parts of it into perspective.  As you might imagine they have their own agenda as well.  The infographic spells out how commodity crops are subsidized and who is receiving the subsidies.  It’s an interesting look at how your taxpayer dollars are spent.  Check it out below.

The Hidden Costs Of The 2012 Farm Bill

A Trip to The Farmers’ Market

Farmers MarketOne thing we’ve tried to do with our newly adopted city is travel a bit to the farmers’ market to get our produce.  Now that the winter months are upon us, it’s certainly not as easy as it was during the warmer months (there’s at least one everyday during the warmer months.)  The Ballard market in….well Ballard, is every Sunday.  We try to go every week, and of course Pike Place market is everyday.  Here’s a brief pictorial journey through some tasty bits of food….everything looks so nice in the market.  Ballard is especially crowded and nice, everything from fresh produce, local produced honey, scavenged mushrooms, to whole raw milk, and grass-fed beef.  What’s not to like.  Our blog banner is in fact some farmers’ market fare.  Thanks to all the local guys and gals who make our little slice of the Pacific North West a tasty place! Continue reading