Man Fined $130,000 For Growing Food On His Lawn

This makes me so mad.

Sean Law, a Florida homeowner, has been fined over $130,000 due to his edible yard.
The 32-year-old Longwood man says his yard is an eco-system and everything that grows there can be eaten.
He said he is creating a natural environment for life while growing arugula, avocados, broccoli, watermelon and luffa.
“My motive is to grow life and love,” said Law, taking a cue from a Japanese farmer/philosopher who advocated natural farming. “It’s a moral imperative that we grow food wherever we can, and that is what I am doing.”
But the city and Law’s neighbors aren’t hearing any of it. They point out that Law lives on East Maine Avenue in suburban Longwood — not a farm.
Kathy Ettman, who lives across the street from Law said, “We’re tired of it, we’ve been dealing with it for two years.
“We have to look at it…”
His actions, he says, come directly from the late Japanese philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka, who taught “Do-Nothing Farming,” or no weeding, no tilling, no pruning, no pesticides and no fertilizers.
Despite the $300-a-day fine, Law is not planning to clean up his property anytime soon. In fact, he filed a notice this week with the Florida Supreme Court that he plans to appeal a lower court’s decision upholding the city’s fine.
Law said his jungle-like yard falls under the standards of a 2009 Florida-friendly landscaping law that encourages homeowners to cultivate landscapes that conserve water, protect the environment and don’t require chemicals.
“It’s blunt tyranny for a city to stop people from growing their own food,” said Law.
But city officials don’t see it that way.

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