Have you decided to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables at home? Well, if so, you had better tread carefully, because that kind of criminal behavior could land you in court and saddled with a big fat fine.
And no, sadly, I’m NOT joking.
In fact, that’s exactly what has happened to a Georgia man who is being hauled off to court for the sin of growing too much healthy produce at home.
Steve Miller is just your average guy: soft-spoken, graying, and with a smile that reaches all the way to his eyes when he talks about his favorite pastime. He owns a landscaping business, but Steve’s hobby, and his true passion, is growing vegetables.
And, as it turns out, he’s darn good at it. So good, in fact that for the last 15 years his garden has produced so many of the delicious organic veggies that he regularly gives them away to neighbors and friends and still has enough to sell a few at a local farmer’s market.
Selling your extra vegetables is apparently a crime
But according to the powers that be in the quiet county he calls home, just outside of Atlanta, Steve Miller is nothing more than a lawbreaker…plain and simple.
His violation? Growing just too darn many of those healthy vegetables, more than the DeKalb County code permits at any rate. And, naturally the county aims to punish him for this egregious crime by doing what any sane government body would do faced with such a surplus of offensive vegetables… sue the man.
Although Mr. Miller seems to be taking what some of his miffed neighbors are calling “Cabbage Gate” in stride… even immediately filing for a rezoning of the land his garden is located on… I honestly can’t help but wonder if the county officials don’t have anything better to do.
Harassing a man who is doing something good for both his health and the environment (not to mention the health of the neighbors who regularly share in the organic bounty) is the kind of move that only a backward-bureaucrat could manage with a straight face. But on the heels of the recent study that concluded that organic produce is indeed higher in nutritional value than factory-farm varieties, it moves from the realm of ridiculous right on through to irresponsible.
Now I am wondering what the acceptable number of vegetables might have been.