Jason Helvingston Fights Orlando, Florida Officials over his Vegetable Garden

| by Michael Allen

The city of Orlando, Florida has told Jason Helvingston to dig up his 25 x 25 foot micro-irrigated vegetable garden, because it is against city code, by Wednesday.

Apparently, Orlando's city code requires gardens to be planted in a way that gives off a finished appearance to keep property values up.

Helvingston told "I said, 'You'll take my house before you take my vegetable garden. There's nothing wrong here, there's nothing poisonous here.  This is a sustainable plot of land.'"

Helvingston has not dug up his garden and has gathered more than 200 signatures on a petition.  He hopes the city will reconsider the code when he meets with a code board in December.

Helvingston added: "This is another example of the government telling us what we can do with our own property... that should never happen."