Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Garden criminals? This is just nuts!

Adam Guerrero, a math teacher at Raleigh-Egypt High School in Memphis, TN., has been ordered to remove his home garden before his court date on September 23rd. It seems that he and his students have been accused of the horrible crime of tending a garden after it was deemed a "neighborhood nuisance."

Really? Get a grip, people. There are a lot of other problems in cities today without punishing those who are trying to do some good for their community. This is HIS yard, and HIS home. Why shouldn't he be allowed to grow food anywhere he damned well pleases?

Why aren't the "garden police" out there searching for people who grow water-guzzling polluting lawns? Why aren't they out there arresting people for growing invasive or imported non-native plants? Since when did growing food become a crime?

Such a sad commentary on our society. And even sadder is that this is not an isolated incident. HOAs all over the country are making rules that prevent homeowners from exercising their God-given right to garden and to grow food on their own property. In this day and age, with food shortages and starvation, isn't there something ELSE that these groups can do? Like "tend to their own knittin'"? Kids are going to school hungry in many areas (all areas?) of this country. This man is a HERO, IMHO. Not to mention the real-life skills he's teaching them, skills that will come in very handy in the days to come.

Check out the article for ways you can help Mr. Guerrero.

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