Missouri City Bans Edible Plants from Front Yards

Written by on April 13, 2016 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Policies, Politics with 2 Comments

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Do you think a free citizen should have the right to grow food on their own private property? A city board in Missouri doesn’t think so. In fact one family has been given a mere four days to destroy their beloved food source simply because it is in their front yard.

Nathan Athans loves his garden. “I spend all my free time out here,” he says.

Besides the therapeutic and health benefits of getting your hands in the soil, and the financial savings of having fresh nutritious food readily available, Nathan also enjoys the peace of mind.

“I want my family to know where their food is coming from, I don’t want to have to go to the grocery store and worry about what was done to that food,” he says.

That’s a basic liberty isn’t it? Especially when it is done on one’s own private property.

This isn’t the first time Nathan has been targeted by the local bureaucrats. Last year he was served a notice that his front yard garden had too many weeds and was fined. Nathan humbly weeded his garden (pictured below), paid the fine, and carried on.

Now as his growing season is just starting to get underway and he has many plants in the ground, the city wants him to destroy it completely. As you can see in the footage above and below the garden is not overgrown in any way.


The ordinance that is attempting to ban urban agriculture was just passed last week. A Board on Zoning apparently decided that no food shall be grown in the front yard and/or within 30 feet of any city street in Sugar Creek. Violators will be fined, the ordinance threatens.

The only problem is that for Nathan, his backyard is heavily shaded by neighboring trees, thus the ample fertile space in the front yard was chosen.

In response to the static he received from those who support front yard gardens, Mayor Matt Mallinson said that “Rather I agree or not, I must sign the ordinance.”

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Unfortunately, Sugar Creek is far from the only city to pull this sort of invasive nonsense. While vegetable gardens were once actively promoted by the government, in the last few decades they’ve come under fire in many municipalities around the country:

— An Orlando family was threatened with fines as high as $500 per day for their front yard vegetable garden—apparently they’d run afoul of a city ordinance requiring people to plant grass, shrubs, and other “traditional landscaping” options on their properties.

— In Miami Shores, FL, a couple was forced to uproot their 17-year-old vegetable garden in the face of city fines of up to $1500 per month.

— In Oak Park, MI, a woman was threatened with 90+ days of jail time for her vegetable garden. After she hired a lawyer, the case was temporarily dismissed, but could be renewed at any time.

— In Tulsa, OK, city officials actually destroyed a woman’s garden for the “crime” of having non-tree plants taller than 12 inches in her front yard. She was out of work and had been relying on her garden for food while money was tight.

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  1. iamlightagain@gmail.com' James Freeman says:

    It is non of Missouris damned business when the good people take their God Given natural rights.
    People are more important than States!

  2. tandrmcdonald@comcast.net' Rose McDonald says:

    Missouri has never been famous for intelligent political decisions.

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