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Hey, the Farmhouse isn’t alone in unfair persecution by city officials!

What constitutes a “natural” garden to the City of Toronto?

Grass, apparently. Just grass. Plus, perhaps a few flowers. But certainly not vegetables.

That’s what Sylvie and Vic Oliveira discovered this summer after they turned their Bloor West Village front yard into a vegetable garden.

Read the whole story here: The real dirt: City squashes front yard veggie plot


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Apparently our efforts mean jack all to the City of Vancouver.

After telling us that if we got enough of our neighbours to support our yarden, they’d ignore the complaints (four in two years, one repeat complainer) we’ve received from three of our neighbours, the City is now saying they won’t accept a petition. We have to remove everything from the boulevard (which we spent hours turning into orderly rows this weekend), take out everything in our yard that’s within two feet of our sidewalk, and remove all our mulch.

Landlord is sending a crew on Wednesday to tear everything up. I could cry right now.

Here’s the link to the bylaw we’re breaking: UNTIDY PREMISES BY-LAW NO. 4548


Every owner or occupier of real property shall maintain the said property in a neat and tidy condition in keeping with a reasonable standard of maintenance prevailing in the neighbourhood.

Seriously vague, no? Reasonable standard of the neighbourhood is MEANINGLESS because you can’t apply it to the entirety of Vancouver. There are many MANY neighbourhoods where growing food is the norm.


An owner or occupier of any real property must not allow any accumulation discarded materials, garbage, ashes, or filth upon such real property.

Yep, this isn’t the case at our house. The disgusting part is that the ENTIRE yard was trash before we moved in four years ago. Part of the reason we have to sheet mulch is because former tenants left so much bloody trash in the yard.


Every person who commits an offence against this by-law is punishable on conviction by a fine of not less than $250.00 and not more than $2,000.00 for each offence.

FUCK YEAH CITY OF VANCOUVER! Ever think that maybe we grow food because we’re POOR?

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