Orlando Man Tells City He Won’t Remove His Veg Garden


Jason H. is a friendly fellow, but don’t mess with his garden or what he sees as his individual rights. Recently, the City of Orlando told him he must remove his vegetable garden from his front yard because it is a violation of city code.

A homeowner from out of town (visiting her tenant-occupied property) complained it might harm property values in the neighborhood. The rest of Jason’s neighbors seem to be supportive of his efforts, including the tenants of the homeowner who complained to the City.

His story has spread nationwide with calls coming to him from other sustainable gardening groups to civil liberty and constitutional organizations.

We had the opportunity to speak with him on the show. Here is his story: 

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 150 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday afternoon at 4 on WWBA AM820 News and  other stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.