Homeowners Cited for Illegal Gardening: Orlando Couple Fight for the Right to Grow Food

Reluctant revolutionaries, Jason and Jennifer Helvenston face code enforcement over their “illegal garden."



Illegal orlando garden
The Helvenstons' residential neighborhood is largely comprised of rental homes, which they say are often maintained to a barely attractive state. By contrast, many neighbors say they enjoy the Helvenston garden.
Photo courtesy Jason and Jennifer Helvenston
Helvenston illegal garden
Several large trees block sunlight from the Helvenstons' backyard, causing them to choose a site in their front yard to grow vegetables. 
Photo courtesy Jason and Jennifer Helvenston
Helvenston Front Yard Garden
 In a war on gardens, Jason and Jennifer Helvenston have been cited by the City of Orlando for not keeping their front yard garden in a "clean," "finished" state, choosing instead to grow beans, greens and other vegetables. 
Photo courtesy Jason and Jennifer Helvenston

















Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.

(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here