I use to live a few door down from an awesome boulevard garden...

During the summers, I always look forward to my neighbours boulevard vegetable garden.  She made great use of wasted space by doing something that I consider wonderful - growing her own food, brightening up the neighbourhood, and encouraging people by example.

For the past few days, I’ve noticed  news crews on our street.  I guess the battle continues with the city’s anti-everything-good reign (I know that’s a little dramatic, but there have been some questionable decisions made lately…at least from my standpoint).

The city decided to enforce the by-law that restricts people from growing vegetables on the city owned boulevard…even though homeowners are required to maintain that area.

Check out the full story here - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/06/11/mb-garden-tomato-rip-order-flowers-veggies-boulevard.html


A few people have brought up some good points, so here are some things to consider:

- What happens if the a boulevard garden is damaged by a city owned vehicle (like a snow plow)?

- Currently, if someone is injured on the boulevard they can take recourse with the city.  If this injury is due to a garden (tripping over large plants/fixtures, getting sick from picking and eating fruit, etc.), should the city be liable?

- How do other cities that allow urban foraging on government owned land deal with liability issues?

- Why are homeowners expected to maintain the boulevard if they can’t take ownership of it?

- Is fair to only enforce the by-law on a house-by-house basis when a complaint has been made?  Should it be all or none?

- If complaints drive enforcement, should the homeowner be allowed to petition for dismissal?