Skip to comments.Woman’s Survival Garden Seized and Destroyed by Authorities
Posted on 06/19/2012 4:41:21 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
A woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma is suing the citys code enforcement teams after they illegally cut down her entire survival garden. Denise Morrison, who started the garden after becoming unemployed, had over 100 medicinal and edible plants in her front and back yard.
She told local Tulsa reporters that she started her garden, after becoming unemployed, as a way to feed herself and treat a variety of medical issues. Instead of relying on government handouts, this woman took matters into her own hands and decided to become self sufficient. She filled her yard with things like, fruit trees, berries, nut trees, and a wide variety of edible and medicinal herbs. She used these herbs to treat her diabetes, high-blood pressure and arthritis.
Is the Self-Reliant Lifestyle Now a Crime in America?
All her hard work ended when the local code enforcement team showed up to her house and forcibly removed her entire survival garden. Morrison says that she tried to explain how everything in her yard followed the local code enforcement rules. You see, she had problems with these people in the past and this time she was determined to do things by the book.
She obtained the local ordinances and followed every rule to the tee. She made sure that everything in her garden had a purpose, and that her garden looked its best at all times. Local ordinances stated that no plant could be over 12-inches tall unless they were being used for human consumption.
Morrison made sure every plant in her garden could be eaten, but that didnt matter to the city. They could care less about what the law actually said, they were determined to take out her garden. Every word out of their mouth was, we dont care, Morrison said.
Over 100 plant varieties were removed by the code enforcement team leaving her with no way to feed or medicate herself. They took almost everything, including a number of her fruit and nut trees. She told local reporters in Tulsa, I came back three days later, sat in my driveway, cried and left.
Government Crack Down on Liberty
While this case is extremely sad, its also becoming more and more common throughout the country. From nuisance abatement teams that have been forcing Off-Griders in California to hook back into the grid, to the heartbreaking story of Andrew Wordes who took his life after code enforcement teams seized his home, this country is making it harder and harder for self-reliant people to live on their own land.
While some dismiss these cases as localized issues, I believe theyre part of a larger movement to control anyone who dares to live a self-reliant lifestyle. I think evidence of this can be seen in the federal governments attempts to regulate small farms out of existence, their use of the EPA to seize private land, the formation of the Department of Homeland Securitys Green Police Force, their attempts to seize control of the Great Lakes, oceans, and waterways, and their use of organizations like The National League of Cities to take control of local governments.
She should sue the crap out of the city.
I hope she files a lawsuit and collects tens of thousands in damages!
Libertarian/Police state ping
Is there anything remotely Constitutional about what these thugs did?
By what authority did they do this?
On her own property? What legal authority can be cited? At all?
This burns my feathers. I don’t recognize this country any longer. How can it be that a local gooberment can cut down gardens on private land? How can anyone justify that action? Guessing the abused citizen could NOT have been one of Holder’s people. I hope this woman takes this to the supremes if no other court will find the county negligent.
Hundreds of thousands....hit em where it hurts.
Let’s see if they can afford their socialism.
13 hours ago
“I had not intended to respond again this soon but after reading some of the post I felt a need to do so. 1-no neighbor complained they all share my garden. 2- There are no rodents, snakes, flees or ticks in my yard some of the plants are repellents. 3- The front yard may look overgrown because there are over 40 varieties of plants. Some of them Roses, Forsythia, Iris, Daffodil, primrose, lilies, Rose of Sharon, Yucca, jasmine, naked ladies, spider-wort and herbs just to name a few. All of these plants can be found at local landscape retailers. They look like a lot because many of them are for transplants. I also belong to several garden clubs and share them with other club members. Thank You everyone who would like to help with the up-keep but they don’t usually look like that. I have been asked what my garden look like I will post some photos in the near future. It did look beautiful. “
15 hours ago
“I would like to thank everyone for your overwhelming response to my situation. I am extremely humbled. Due to pending litigation I will limit my comments. I have been growing my own food for 50 years. Everything is organic with no chemicals at all. There are several herbs and many flowers and trees you can’t see in the news story all edible and most medicinal. My yard smells like a potpourri store. I wish I could respond to each one of you but that would take forever however I will read every response. People who know me personally know I will share information and plants at the drop of a hat. I have for 3 generations. For those who have grown these kind of plants know the effort it takes to do so. For everyone else “GOD BLESS YOU” keep the responses coming many people can be helped by them and stay with this because the way the system works this could be you. I will post again soon.”
This should’ve been met with a Colt .45. Code enforcement my ass.
Tulsa has become a libtard mecca in a RED state in my opinion. It is also getting worse. I’ve wondered how long it could hold out. I-44 feeds it just like a river into a depression with no outlet but the mess is spreading.
Try that crap around here and some folks in this area would just shoot the vandals... badges or no badges.
Indeed. This would have been one of those “line in the sand” moments for me. If they refused to leave when I confronted them, well, people would have been reading about the incident in the papers. If that seems crazy to people, it’s only because people aren’t grasping how crazy it is to let your government treat you like a slave.
Something ain’t right about this story and I suspect something important was left out.
Similar story out of Ferguson, MO
Also saw a comment on one out of Colorado.
Definitely a Holder Poeple
I read the story at the link. Says a neighbor complained about the yard. This chaps my hide big time!
Where I live, if its behind the fence, people don’t care.
Yeah, the money quote is that “she had problems with these people in the past”. There is likely more here than is being reported.