Skip to comments.The Continuing Malicious Prosecution of Julie Bass, from veggie gardening to dog owning
Posted on 07/15/2011 8:59:04 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
Contrary to recent media reports, the malicious prosecution of Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan has not ended. Authorities have also charged her with having unlicensed dogs, though they never escaped or threatened anyone. Heres the unedited scoop straight from her own blog, Oak Park Hates Veggies:
Home-grown: Julie Bass has fallen foul of local authorities by growing vegetables in her front yardHome-grown: Julie Bass has fallen foul of local authorities by growing vegetables in her front yard
1- the charges against us were not actually dropped. they were dismissed by some judge we have never heard of or seen. we hope this person is a real judge, and had the real authority to dismiss our case, but we are going to double-check on that today
2- the dismissal without prejudice means that the prosecutor can come back at any time and reinstate the garden charge as well (he has already reinstated the dog license charge, but i will get to that in a minute). there has been no final disposition of the case, so we cant take a deep breath and relax.
3- the prosecutor wants more time to review the ordinance. not that he has given up on the garden charge. to the contrary, he wants more time to look things over. i think usually the prosecutor in normal cases would ask the judge for a continuance or an adjournment or something. why they handled it this way is a suspicious mystery
4- we still have our same court date- july 26th. we still have to appear for a pre-trial, only this time it will be for 2 misdemeanors (the dogs), instead of 1 misdemeanor for the garden.
5- when we got the citation for the dog licenses we cleared it up right away. we went in that friday, only to find that our government is closed on friday due to budget cuts (!). we went back as soon as we were able the following week and took care of it. we paid the license fees. we paid late fees. we got proof from them that the dogs were current and paid up, and we took this proof to court and we showed it to the prosecutor.
6- our current and valid dog licenses were shown on at least on TV news program, and im sure were re-broadcast many times over. there is no controversy about whether or not our dogs are licensed. they werent current and now they are. thats it.
7- i cant think of anything else to clarify, but please keep the word out there that we are not off the hook. a lot of places have been printing and posting charges were dropped!- but thats only part of the story, and gives the incorrect impression that we have won. thats not true, and i really worry that if the focus goes away, they will renew their prosecution/persecution of us. please take it upon yourself to correct errors in other places and to spread the truth.
My advice to Julie Bass, move to a community who appreciates good gardeners and loves pets. It is not Oak Park, Michigan.
“Internet Buzz: Concept of Jail Time for Growing a Vegetable Garden “
This is where the video is.
She pleads at the end of the article for people to continue to get the word out. I think she has learned a big lesson about the power of the government to interfere in her life. I feel badly for the woman.
OK the local government reaction is extreme but I saw the photo of this lady’s yard on another article and the vegetable plots do nothing to improve an already dumpy looking house, seriously would you want someone growing a vegetable garden in their front yard on your street? What’s next chickens?
This is better than her getting food stamps, more attractive than piles of deteriorating play equipment in the front yard or old cars left out. On the scheme of things, it is very wrong for her to be punished for a garden in the front when there are so many not willing or able to maintain their property.
And I grew up next to several people with gardens in the FRONT, including a tulip grower.
I have no problem with either.
In fact my neighbor did keep chickens for a while. He is a great mechanic, good neighbor and county commissioner.
And there are no local ordinances about either.
I have blueberry, strawberry, blackberry plants and plum and fig bushes in my back yard and flower beds. The majority of my garden is on another lot and at our farm.
Here in the middle of “The Big Nothing” in central Texas you can do about whatever you want as long as you are a good neighbor about it.
Free men need not ask permission!
Note my tag line.
I could never live in a mess like Oak Park or Detroit.
They would do far worse to me than they are doing to her.
That is why I am so comfortable here in Texas. We do not need all those “rules”. And it is clear that the ones they are applying to her are “arbitrary”. It is about punishing not about the law.
The weenee little “Planner” does not see that he is largely useless. But he is “in charge”. He would not last long around here.
The municipal there may be trying to get her busy and stressed enough to keep her from suing, which she has already signaled. As for pets, many people in most locales are regarding them in a somewhat worshipful way, as though they are more human than humans. But gardening, no. Most are against gardening, because they’re lazy, vain, wouldn’t do it themselves, and are simply against their neighbors doing or having anything.
People are getting more weird and illogical every year now. Maybe the default ahead is what our nation needs to get it back in shape.
What part of "it's HER HOUSE" don't you understand, comrade?
Does a person have to live far out in the country to even begin to be free? In a city they have cameras everywhere, police everywhere and a few thousand rules about how to do every little thing.
I wonder if they’ll send the SWAT team in to take her and her garden down?
Some whiny tight butt definitely has some agenda against her. Next they’ll complain about what color her living room curtains are. Good luck to her.
I have a garden, two front yards and no back yard (or maybe it’s two back yards and no front yard). What to do, what to do.
Yep. Total detachment from reality. The more connected to nature that a people are the more sane they are.
LOL...never been to Louisiana, have you?
Probably not, but it works for me. My family has lived in this county since 1889. I was away for about 25 years but have been back for 15. It is still home. And the last time I looked, in spite of Obozo, This Is Still Texas.
My I love Cajun Food. Some of it starts with chicken.
I even like the accents in Louisiana. hee hee hee
Hey! I have a mixed vegatable/flower garden in my front yard!
I was born in Wayne County, not far from Detroit. I grew up in a rural village about an hour away from Detroit. It was a really desirable area to live in at the time. I lived there until after high school.
Michigan is in a sad state.
It has beautiful landscape. The Great Lakes are a national treasure. I loved the seasons. It was great being so close to Canada. There are some special things about Michigan that make it like no other state, and I have fond memories of my youth there.
But, wild horses couldn’t drag me back there to raise my own children.
I have two brothers that live there, way, way out in the county. I think they would bolt, if they had the opportunity to do so.
I have lived in TX, NM and OK. Loved things about all of them. I traveled 11 states at a point in time. Texas will always be home.
But I had some ancestors that were born in TX during the Republic of Texas.
We will outlast the O bastard.
Free men need not ask permission!
My advice to Ms. Bass is to send a $250 donation to the local Fraternal Order of Police or Sheriff’s Office. That should help her cucumbers grow freely.
“Whats next chickens?”
Please! Don’t knock chickens.
Bureaucrats keep them in their yards.
That is how their children learn how to walk.
Spoken like a true collectivist authoritarian...
A vegetable garden isn't exactly tantamount to a rusty old car or an unmowed lawn, now, is it?
Looking at the photos tells me that she doesn’t particularly live in an upscale neighborhood with an HOA. Knowing Oak Park, I would imagine that her house could look similar to another house on her street. This is a suburb of Detroit, where property values have plummeted.
My brother looked at buying a 1950’s 3bedroom, brick home in Taylor, MI. It’s not that far away from Oak Park, really. He could have bought the house for $5000 in 2009.
For the amount of property taxes that are paid in those areas, and the crushing machine of the government that has destroyed metro Detroit, Oak Park should leave its inhabitants alone and be grateful that they haven’t fled for greener pastures. Do they want more empty homes in Oak Park? This article is not helping the city of Oak Park’s reputation, any.
So you have no problem paying for her property taxes I assume? I mean since you want to tell her what to do with HER property as it does or does not appeal to YOUR eyes.
In most states, moving far out in the country because the sheeple in the cities insist on making statewide ordinances.
Let me say about Oak Park, Michigan what Ernest Hemingway said about Oak Park, Illinois: Wide lawns, narrow minds.
I have a neighbor who made her front yard a vegetable garden. It is absolutely beautiful - so well-cared for. Her neighbors have all stopped talking to her. Now, that could be because she’s a somewhat cold person but I think it’s because they can’t deal with a front yard that looks “different.” To me, it’s like a garden of Eden.
Well, did you see the other houses and yards on her block? They appeared in one of the early videos. Unimaginative landscaping on the best and weed filled trash heaps on the the worst.
Did you miss the part of this story where the city started this by tearing up her yard and destroying the existing landscaping by replacing a sewer line?
I’ve looked at the same pictures you’ve looked at and the garden is perfectly nice and neat. The veggies are in raised beds which always make things much nicer and neater. If her neighbors and the city council were smart, they’d befriend her and maybe get a nice fresh tomato or ear of corn.
I hate to tell you but there is a strong movement to bring back chickens to the suburbs. Not roosters but hens. For the fresh eggs of course. I recently took a course on raising hens for the backyard but rejected it. A hell of a lot of work and you must - obviously - devote a lot of time to it.
Can you show us a picture? I have a mixed flower/herb garden in my side yard - far more beautiful and interesting than some lousy ole lawn.
Overheard in the Potlatch Idaho post office.
“Those darn Nivens and all their animals in town, next thing you know they will have a PIG” Shelly Smith, next door neighbor.
Grandpa Niven went out the next day and got the biggest fattest sow he could find.
When he saw her looking at it from her back yard he went out to slop it “SUUUU-EEEEE Shelly pig, Come and get it Shelly pig!”
If little Barry Hussein gets what he wants we'll all be doing this.
Who in the world would want to live in Oak Park, MI, poster city for the nanny state?
If you have limited space and resources it makes perfectly good sense to plant and cultivate that which can be eaten vs something that is simply pleasant to look at.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Agreed. Good point.
When choosing a retirement home, one of our top requirements was: No Home Owners’ Association. We had to check out 55 places, but found exactly the right spot in Central Texas. As long as you are minding your own business on your acre of land, people leave you alone.
It is a wonderful way to live, and it’s a shame it is increasingly rare.
I have two neighbors on either side of my suburban home. Both houses and yards are a MESS. They have hard jobs and don’t seem to have much money or time to take care of their yards. They are extremely pleasant, kind people and I just ignore their yards. Sometimes a kind and concerned neighbor down the street shows up with his lawn mower and mows their lawn.
In the 6 years I’ve lived here, I’ve never once complained. But then they don’t complain if my dog or cat gets into their yard or my crazed honeysuckle takes over their forsythia bush. I have really learned the hard art of live and let live.
I can’t imagine anyone complaining about a neat and clean vegetable garden. As someone else said, if Obama continues in office, we’ll all have vegetable gardens.
Personally, I'm stunned that in those areas in the Southwest where water is truly becoming scarce, that watering ones lawn is not an outright crime. How can a pretty color in the front yard ever be more important than having water for consumption?
I identify with your post and certainly agree.
For most people, a garden is not really about saving money, but about better quality of food.
In 2003 my grandmother had a heart attack at 96. The doctors told her she could no longer live alone as she had done for 17 years after my grandfather died. My wife and I stayed with her every night and cooked her meals and spent the day with here for about 1 year. We did not move in, but had a few changes of clothes there. She always had beautiful flower beds and working in the yard is what kept her going. We planted a garden the 2 summers we were there with her and she really enjoyed it. My wife (city girl) learned to love fresh garden veggies.
My son broke his back in a fall of his cutting horse and my wife and I turned my grandmother over to my father (her son) so we could nurse my son. He and my mom took care of my grandmother for about 9 months and then she was in a nursing home for a few months. She died at 98.
My grandmother was from old pioneer stock and was never happy again when it got to the point she could not work in her yard.
She taught me many lessons as a child and others when I was an adult. I truly miss her.
Water has always been scarce in the Desert Southwest. We are nearing the point that this will be a serious issue. Water tables are dropping to the point that a lot of farming will revert to "dry land" practices. The high plains of Texas are a good example. Many have abandoned sprinkler irrigation for drip irrigation systems because they no longer have sufficient water to supply their needs.
This is the hottest and driest year in my lifetime here in Texas. I am not sure that even the benchmark dry year of 1895 was dryer. This is driven by the sunspot cycle. We have known that during sunspot minimums and maximums that the weather patterns are more variable. Not dryer, nor wetter. Not hotter, nor cooler. But more variable depending on your location. We are just coming out of the longest and deepest sunspot minimum in my lifetime. This too shall pass.
I am a city girl too - maybe that’s why I love my little patch of vegetables and herbs. All surrounded by my beloved hydrangea bushes (called snowball bushes in NYC).
I’m sorry to hear about your son. I hope he recovered! What is a cutting horse?
Your grandmother sounds wonderful. I come from city people who arrived during the famous famine - the other half of my family were vaguely criminal 19th century NYC types until my grandfather was born and lived a wonderfully clean and wholesome life. Grow vegetables?? Fuhgeddabodit!
We raised chickens...once. Cleaning the coop is about the worst job I can imagine for a hot, humid summer day. I am an avid tomato gardener. My friend with *free range chickens* cannot keep any sort of plant alive because her chickens eat everything, right down to the ground. She cannot bear the idea of penning them. So: my tomatoes for her eggs and everyone is happy.
Also, my chicken-raising experiment took place back in the 1970s. I can’t remember the exact accounting, but I believe it cost me about 10x the supermarket price to raise my own chickens and back then, cracked corn was cheap. Of course, so was chicken.
It looks like I made the right decision! I think it’s Martha Stewart who popularized the idea of suburban chickens with her beautiful aracuna chicks. But she has a thousand flunkies to push around - and I don’t.
There is a small inner city where I live and I naively used to love the sound of the cocks crowing. Oh! I’d think, someone is raising chickens! Took me two minutes to realize it was all about cock-fighting.
LOL! THAT is exactly what we raised. Long story, but they were given to us in partial payment for some work I did for a show breeder. They were 1/2 wild, hated their pen, fought, produced too many roosters, produced tiny little eggs (which _are_ tasty)and are quite scrawny when plucked for cooking.
2nd chapter: we decided to add some big White Plymouths (I _think_ that is what they were called) to the flock. We first got rid of all the aracuna roosters. However, the aracuna hens fought with the big white hens, knocked over a heat lamp in the middle of a December snow storm and almost burnt us down. They did burn their coop down. The dogs feasted on BBQ chicken all winter!
Aracunas are pretty birds, but they are a handful.
First a reformed liberal, now a reformed chicken raiser! So glad I’ve read your posts in case I get another yen for a hen.
Frankly, I'd rather have someone tending their garden than some lawn fanatic who sprays Round-Up on his lawn and flower beds. Julie Bass is an organic gardener, so at least there wouldn't be any chemicals wafting into my house.
Also former hippie back-to-the-land-er. But all that has turned out to have been a good trial run for this economy.
Little did we know, way back then.
Well, it’s nice to know an ex-hippie has come full circle. It sounds like you’ve lived a very interesting life!!
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