All Hermine Ricketts and husband Tom Carroll want to do is raise a few vegetables for their dinner table, just as they’ve done for nearly two decades.
But their city – and now the courts in Florida – have said no, so they will have to await the outcome of a bill that would restore the right to cultivate tomatoes, carrots or lettuce.
Defended by Institute for Justice, they filed suit against the town of Miami Shores Village, Florida, for abruptly amended its zoning ordinance to ban vegetable gardens from residential front yards.
Fruit, bushes, trees, plastic flamingos, garden gnomes and many more things are allowed.
But not vegetables.
That meant Ricketts and Carroll had to tear up the garden from which they had produced veggies for their own consumption for some 17 years.