The Huffington Post  Steven Hoffer  First Posted: 7/8/11 04:07 PM ET Updated: 7/8/11 04:14 PM ET


This isn’t your typical, garden-variety crime.

After a warning, a ticket and now a misdemeanor charge, an Oak Park, Mich., woman faces up to 93 days in jail for refusing to remove a vegetable crop from her front lawn.

Julie Bass says that she thought it would be “really cool” for the neighbors and kids to see a frontyard garden, but some community members don’t appreciate the vegetable plot.

“I think it’s sad that the City of Oak Park that’s already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us,” she told My Fox Detroit.

Bass has since started a blog — Oak Park Hates Veggies — to chronicle her battle with the authorities.

“We now find ourselves in a storm of controversy worthy of some high level mischief. Seriously?” she wrote in an entry. “It’s a GARDEN. It’s not a high crime or treason or murder. IT’S VEGETABLES. And yes, we did throw in a few flowers.”

There’s also a Facebook page with 980 fans and a thread on the Internet message board Reddit with nearly 400 comments supporting her lawn farming.

According to a local ABC affiliate, city code states that “all unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass or ground cover or shrubbery or other suitable live plant material.”

Posing the question: Are cabbages, peppers, tomatos and cucumbers “suitable” for the front lawn?

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski told MyFoxDetroit.

Nevertheless, Bass has refused to comply with the city’s requests to remove the plants or place them in her backyard.

“It’s definitely live. It’s definitely plant. It’s definitely material. We think it’s suitable,” Bass said.

A pre-trial is scheduled for July 26.



round up = death

note to self:

-icide = killer

pesticide = kills insects and small animals

herbicide = kills plants

homicide = kills humans

omnicide = kills all living things

“Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds”


“Vancouver’s century-old tulip tree could be saved after all from a developer’s chainsaw.”

By Carlito Pablo, May 21, 2011


overview:  western Canada’s oldest Tulip Tree, and an architect who want to cut it down.  developers seem to obliterate all living things for short-term personal financial gain.

enter the picture: the neighbors, who claim 40% ownership in the roots of the tree:  “I’m open to protecting the tree,” said Wong, who related that his family had owned 1225 Harwood Street since the 1960s.  He further stated: “My family loves this tree.”

and that is what it takes, Love, to make, keep, maintain.

TulipTree Vancouver 2011

more trees, please

Maggie Maggie Maggie

my dear girl.  more people asking for trees, to plant, in their homes.  trees, now, family members, chosen for their sweet helpful fruit, commemorating those passed away, giving voice to health, faith, family, love.

* * * * * * *


branch arm, water vein, Beings, these trees

valentines sweets, bitter leaf teas


we’re all for tolerance, vulnerability, confusion

perfume flower calm

penance, offering, suffering

tree tops for the birds




Faith Childs-Davis with County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, at BRAVO teacher awards, 2011

i feel so fortunate to have people in the world who understand how to give to others.

i was thinking about  someone who is a teacher, mom, gardener, author, artist, and awesome person,  Faith Childs-Davis. when i was worried about starting ‘Tree Constellation’, she said, ‘i love it!’. i am short-handing her words here, we were really talking about hope, and work, and how we all make something good with first, our dreams.

here is an excerpt from her writing, in

Go Tell Michelle: African American Women write to the New First Lady. By Barbara Seals Nevergold, Peggy Brooks-Bertram.