Sunday, 29 July 2012

Drummondville couple fights to keep vegetable garden

New bylaw will ban front lawn vegetable gardens.

A couple is fighting to keep a vegetable garden they grow on their property in Drummondville, 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

This spring, Michel Beauchamp and his wife, Josée Landry, planted an elaborate vegetable garden on the front lawn of their Richelieu Street home.

They used to have flowers growing, but Beauchamp has high blood pressure and wanted to eat healthier. So they planted cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, beets, onions, and brussels sprouts, among other vegetables.

Landry said the garden has had a big impact on her and her husband's health. "Michel lost 75 lb since March, I lost 25 lb," she said.

But the couple will face fines if they don't rip up part of their garden in the next five days.

The couple said they will not give up without a fight. "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 neighbours have complained about the garden.

Beauchamp said no one has complained to him. He said he shares his fresh produce with his neighbours.
"They love it. Everybody is surprised by the kind of taste we can have from fresh vegetables," he said.

This fall the city plans to make it illegal to grow vegetables on front lawns anywhere in the city.

That makes perfect sense!!  People want to grow fresh food, what a stupid idea, when they go to the shops and by Monsanto GM crap.  I despair at the lunacy in the world!!

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