Target: Drummondville, Quebec Mayor, Francine Ruest-Jutras
Goal: Allow citizens to maintain front yard vegetable gardens without legal or financial repercussion.
A Canadian couple will soon be heavily fined for the vegetable garden that makes up their front yard. In Drummondville, Quebec, law states that a vegetable garden cannot take up more than 30 percent of a resident’s front yard. The couple must scale back their beautifully groomed and eco-friendly garden or face heavy fines and legal repercussions. Please sign this petition and protect the couple’s right to a front yard garden.
Josée Landry and Michael Beauchamp began their front yard garden early this year with the goal of losing weight and utilizing land. The couple has obviously spent a lot of time to create a space that is not only functional, but also attractive. Trellises, planting boxes, gravel, and walkways create a professional looking garden that fits the modern feel of the home’s exterior.
Regardless of looks, a front yard garden is illegal in Drummondville, Quebec. According to CBC News, the town plans on extending the law that prevents citizens from having a vegetable garden larger than 30 percent of their front yard. A new measure, effective this fall, will make all front lawn vegetable gardens illegal in the small river town.
Rather than persecuting this inventive couple, we should be using them as an example to follow in the “green” movement. Please sign this petition and support front lawn vegetable gardens, sustainability, and environmentally friendly efforts.
Dear Mayor Ruest-Jutras,
Drummondville residents Josée Landry and Michael Beauchamp have cultivated a beautiful and environmentally efficient vegetable garden as their front yard. Unfortunately, due to the town’s municipal code, it is illegal for them to fill more than 30 percent of their front yard with vegetables. Please re-evaluate the intent of this municipality and allow the couple to keep their garden.
It is also shocking to hear that Drummondville will be enacting a law that prevents anyone from having a front lawn vegetable garden. The Landry/Beauchamp garden is a great example of how to utilize a front yard with an attractive and efficient full scale garden. Rather than persecuting these responsible citizens, you should be commending them on their creative and environmentally friendly use of space.
Please allow this couple to keep their vegetable garden and support green efforts in your community.
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