William Crum writes a short “at a glance” article noting that Oklahoma City allows front yard gardening. This seems to becoming a more and more popular concept in cities, since government officials are realizing the benefits of proposing new urban farming measures. Credit must go to brave individuals who have resisted city ordinances and have fought for the right to plant gardens in their yards, including front yards. I curated several articles about the fight the Helvenstons had with city council in Orlando, who eventually relented. The fact that Oklahoma City allows front yard gardening is due, in part, to the courage of people like the Helvenstons in Orlando. William writes:
The Oklahoma City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to proposals intended to enhance neighborhood gardening and urban farming.
Those enhancements include rules about compost, hoop houses, vegetable gardens, commercial farms and storing rain water. I’ll let you read the specifics of most of those rules in William’s article, but here’s what he writes about vegetable gardens.
Vegetable gardens, which will be allowed in front, side and backyards. Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan said city leaders should be aware that poorly tended front-yard gardens could detract from the neat and tidy appearance of neighborhoods.
Thank you, Councilman Ryan. We certainly need to know that poorly tended front-yard gardens could detract from “the neat and tidy appearance of neighborhoods.” Oh, brother! As if poorly tended lawns, overgrown and full of weeds don’t detract from “the neat and tidy appearance of neighborhoods.” Let’s focus on the negative, okay, rather than on what the benefits of front-yard and side-yard gardens can bring to a neighborhood in terms of community cohesion and cooperation. By all means the way things look is far more important than the way people interact and get along with one another in a community. (Sarcasm intended.) As is allowed in Ypsilanti, MI and Orlando, FL, now Oklahoma City allows front yard gardening. Hooray! Read William’s brief article by clicking here.