Colle Farmers Market Responds to Orlando Man’s Fight to Keep His Garden

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Colle Farmers Market responds to a recent article published by The New York Times regarding a Florida man’s struggle to keep his front lawn garden.

On January 21, Colle Farmers Market responds to an article published by The New York Times concerning the controversy over a front lawn garden in Orlando, Florida.

According to an article from The New York Times, Jason Helvenston’s garden has caused quite a stir among his small Orlando neighborhood. The article states that Hevlenston first planted the garden in February of last year, and he chose to use his front yard due to the fact that his backyard gets very little sunlight. However, The New York Times reports that the front yard garden has only recently caught negative attention from neighbors.

The article notes that in September 2012 Helvenston’s next door neighbor, Pedro Padin, complained to the city about the garden. The city then “cited the Helvenstons for violating section 60.207 of Orlando’s Land Development Code (failure to maintain ground cover on property) and set a deadline of Nov. 7 to comply,” the article reports.

According to the article Helvenston did not comply and chose to pass out fliers to rally people against the code. The New York Times reports that Helvenston is not alone in his plight and that across the nation gardeners have been fighting for their right to grow their own vegetables. The article states that for many people farming is a way to save money and remain more self-sustainable during harsh economic times.

The article continues by citing events in which people have been forced to stop gardening by their local government. “In Ferguson, Mo., a stay-at-home father was ordered to dig up his 55 varieties of edible plants. In Tulsa, Okla., a gardener who didn’t want to remove her veggies and medicinal herbs saw them largely cleared by the city.”

After reading about Helvenston’s conflict, Colle Farmers Market – an online farmers market community – responds by encouraging everyone to be supportive of the right to garden. While some see it as an eye sore, gardens provide a wonderful source of nutrition, benefit communities, and help the environment.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all consumers who live an organic and natural lifestyle with the ultimate goal of creating more sustainable farming and consumerism.

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