Miami, FL — Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts recently had a run-in with the law and were threatened with daily fines for their illegal activity. Carroll and Ricketts weren’t robbing banks, or trafficking humans, or running some other criminal enterprise — they were growing their own food.

That’s right. For 17 years, the couple grew their own food in their front yard until one day, the state came knocking. They were threatened with a fine of $50 every single day they let the garden grow in their yard.

Not wanting to be extorted or kidnapped and thrown in a cage, the couple immediately complied and dug up their garden. However, now they are fighting back in the form of a lawsuit.

The couple is represented by champions of freedom and liberty at the Institute for Justice whose mission is to protect the right of every American to own and use his or her property freely.


Why on earth would a city enact such a law, you might ask? Well, no one was harmed by the couple’s garden, it was entirely organic, and in nearly two decades, not one of their neighbors ever complained. The only injured party in this ridiculous act was the state.

According to the tyrannical legislation, all homeowners are subject to the same absurd constraints. Their yards must be covered in grass — that is the law.

In the couple’s lawsuit, they’re rightfully claiming that this law violates their constitutional rights. According to a report from FOX, at a hearing Wednesday, their attorney said the ban violates the Florida Constitution in several ways, including improper limits on their private property rights and violation of the equal protection clause by singling out vegetables over other plants.

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“We’re not saying you can do anything you want on your property,” attorney Ari Bargil told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Monica Gordo. “We are simply saying you can grow vegetables on your property and that is protected by the Constitution.”

The couple’s claim of having their constitutional rights violated was quickly rebutted by the city’s attorney, who made the asinine claim that no one has a right to grow vegetables on their own property.

“There certainly is not a fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard,” Richard Sarafan, attorney for Miami Shores, said. “Aesthetics and uniformity are legitimate government purposes. Not every property can lawfully be used for every purpose.”

The hubris that it takes to claim that no one has a right to grow vegetables in their front yard is mind blowing. Carroll and Ricketts’ yard is not publicly owned and is not subject to the government’s ‘uniformity’ code — especially when all they are doing is growing food.

This case is different than many of the other gardening cases that arise across the country as the majority of front yard gardens are opposed by Home Owner Associations — not the government. When an HOA tells someone they cannot grow a garden it’s because that person voluntarily agreed to the rules.

Unlike members of HOAs, however, Carroll and Ricketts never agreed to these arbitrary constraints on their private property, which happened to be imposed on them nearly two decades after they’d been growing their own food.

The irony here is that had Carroll and Ricketts been growing their garden in the backyard, spraying gallons of glyphosate and permethrin into the air, the city would have been entirely fine with it. Only when this innocent couple dares to grow food in their front yard, violating the “aesthetics and uniformity” of their control freak government, do they ever hear a word.

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It seems that in modern day America growing your own food has now become a revolutionary act.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • disqus_g7VMcXYmfs

    Sounds like it’s more the gov’t- not the “rich people”..?? The government imposes the fines and make property owners succumb to made up rules when it suits their needs.

  • disqus_g7VMcXYmfs

    I was ;just told last year I couldn’t walk my horses on my own property- even though we are in a “zoned for horses” area- after paying over $30,000 to comply the county dropped their actions against us.

  • disqus_g7VMcXYmfs

    even people who may not have a lot of money can enjoy a clean, orderly environment- just the same as a wealthy person can be a filthy pig.

  • disqus_g7VMcXYmfs

    I grow my own food wherever i damn feel like it.

  • disqus_g7VMcXYmfs

    I”m a bee keeper and hate Monsanto- i also grow my (much of) own food

  • disqus_g7VMcXYmfs

    Growing your own garden (lettuce doesn’t scream when it gets picked does it?)
    shouldn’t bother anybody- common
    sense should be grown more.

    • Netizen_James

      Wow – didn’t expect a response from a year-old post.
      My point was SOLELY about the quoted text that implied that property owners are free to do ANYTHING with ‘their’ property. Which is, of course, complete bullshit. That the usual anarchist/libertarians derided my opinion in their typical knee-jerk fashion is mere par for the course. In their penchant to destroy ‘collectivism’ by linking all collectivism to authoritarian communism, they forget that CIVILIZATION itself is ‘collectivism’. That ‘no man is an island’. And that they wouldn’t even be able to have nice things like computers without the inter-connected nature of the world economy. (how many of these ‘self-made men’ have minded their own coltan?)

      Very few of them would dare to publicly defend any property owner’s RIGHT to grow opium or coca in their front yards – but would hypocritically moan and cry about cannabis; pretending that they have some sort of ‘right’ to refuse to vaccinate their children, while having no troubles with public schoolteachers indoctrinating their children into the ‘officially correct’ Christian theology.

  • disqus_g7VMcXYmfs

    I bet he works for Monsanto