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"No Food For You"

Written by Subject: Food
(Publisher: The City of Glendale, Az. needs some attention. Powell told me about this story but even I was surprised. This is all part of... well, let's document this shall we? :)
Reply by Mark S on June 11, 2013 at 5:49pm

What is the status of this?

I just got notice that I must get rid of my 3 chickens, chicken coop and garden and remove unripe fruit from my orange tree since my lot is not zoned for agriculture.  Yes, I got notified that my garden and any food bearing plants are not allowed.  My orange tree can stay as long as I remove all the unripe fruit from it.  I must rip up my garden and my grapevines.

I live near 63rd and Kings.

The lady at neighborhood services said none of the above are allowed.  I asked about the garden and grapevines and she said food bearing plants attract pests and rodents and are not allowed in residential areas of Glendale.  Orange trees are allowed as long as the fruit is not allowed to ripen.  All unripe fruit has to be removed and disposed of.  I was told I could join a community garden if I want to grow my own food.  I think Glendale is starting to get desperate for making money.  She said the fine if I do not comply will be over $2000 per violation with up to six months imprisonment and community service.

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Permalink Reply by Doris on June 11, 2013 at 6:02pm

That is totally wrong. I've heard residents will move the chickens away for a few weeks and bring them back, but you can't move a garden. Unbelievable! I can't believe, grape vines too? Then why do they sell them at every home depot store. I would appeal this violation.

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Permalink Reply by Doris on June 11, 2013 at 6:20pm

Also contact the media. Cities have been criticized for having gardens in their front yard. I am assuming yours is in the back on private property.

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Permalink Reply by Mark S on June 11, 2013 at 8:14pm

Hi Doris.  I read the Natural  News, too.  Lookup Barbara Peterson on Facebook.  She is into a lot of this.

My garden is in my back yard up against the back fence behind my orange tree.  I do not know why Glendale is doing this.  It was brought to my attention by a neighbor that food bearing plants are not legal in residential zoned areas.  She had to remove her tangerine tree when she did a remodel on her house.  The city inspector made her remove it before he would approve the remodel.


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The chickens may depend on zoning. A normal home garden and normal fruit trees should be fine. Unless the garden is not kept up and is allowed to rot there should not be any issue. Now fruit should be picked when it is ripe and not allowed to fall on the ground and rot as yes that could create pest issues. So basic garden upkeep.
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Hey all I called the City of Glendale, they did not have any record of codes disallowing the growing of edible foods.

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