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Just when you think the front-yard garden wars can't get worse, enter USDA's rural development dictatorship domineering the food source of the most vulnerable of our society.
In a South Dakota subsidized housing unit live four-year-old Rosie and her severely disabled mother, Mary. They survive on an incredible $658 fixed disability stipend. A tiny unused space just outside their back door seemed like a good place to grow some veggies to supplement their food source.
The garden was mostly tended by Rosie starting this past May.
[Always BEFORE harvest] The garden was ordered by property management to be completely removed...this week. Where are the orders really coming from?
Why, from the USDA's Rural Development Agency, of course, who set up the rules for property managers to ban "structures" of any kind within their landscapes. Property management is strictly upholding this policy.
Originally posted by queenofsheba
Exceedingly unfortunate, to say the least. Maybe they can plant some things in pails and bring them in and out. I don't get it, to be honest. Sometimes you have to outsmart the "powers that be."
reply to post by AlienScience
The property manager shut it down, not the USDA. Your title is incorrect and a bit dramatic.
Originally posted by Cito
I don't see an issue here. The apartment I rent has a tiny 6x6 front with shrubbery and grass in front but nothing but grass in back but in the lease all pets, gardens, outdoor plants of any kind are against the apt complex rules. I do how some parsley as an indoor plant hanging in my kitchen. But we aren't allowed to put anything in the ground.
What really annoys me is I'm a ham radio enthusiast and I'm not allowed to put up an antenna, but them's the rules when you rent...
If you don't like the lease rules then move or abide.
reply to post by Char-Lee
The issue is compassion and reasonableness! It is shear stupidity to have hungry children who can and are willing to care for fresh vegetables not to use the empty ugly space as your back grass area. we are cold an unfeeling in this country and stupid to it seems as a garden is beautiful not unsightly!