Sugar Creek, Missouri is flexing its muscle over a local homeowner’s property rights. The city is demanding that Nathan Athans rip out the vegetable garden on his own land.
Athans wants to know where his family’s food comes from and the best way to do that is to grow his own. He knows it is healthy and it helps his family better appreciate their food. But, the local government wants to put the brakes on this healthy and common sense approach to eating.
The city wants him to move his garden to an area of his yard that doesn’t have sunlight, so they wrote an ordinance designed to specifically interfere with his property rights.
I’ll be honest and say that I wouldn’t be thrilled if this very sloppy garden was next door to my house, but I certainly wouldn’t infringe on his right to use his own land. There still are ways to be good neighbors without rewriting laws.
Check out the video below and see if you agree with Nathan or the city.
How would you feel if your city created a law to infringe on your use of your own property? Would you feel differently if you lived next door to Nathan? Please share your thoughts.