USDA To Confiscate Illegal Vegetable Garden From 4 Year Old

(H H Economist)  With each passing day, it seems the United States of America, “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” is becoming more and more like the Communist Russia I learned about in elementary school where people weren’t allowed to grow their own food unless the State “allowed” it.

In this latest crackdown on citizens simply trying to provide for themselves using the most basic of skills – gardening – the USDA’s Rural Development Agency is forbidding Rosie, an industrious 4-year old girl in South Dakota from using a small, unused area outside her subsidized housing unit to grow green vegetables.

Rosie’s mother, Mary (names changed to protect the child’s identity), is single and severely disabled. She and her daughter live on a fixed income disability payment of $628/month. The garden vegetables growing just outside her backdoor lovingly tended by Rosie provide a fresh and healthy addition to their diet that they could not otherwise easily afford.

Rosie started the garden in May 2013, but now the property management company has ordered the garden be removed this week!

The reason?

Gardening apparently goes against the rules set by the USDA’s Rural Development Agency which forbids residents to have structures of any kind within landscaped areas. It seems to me that the practice of growing vegetables by the most needy in our society would take precedence over landscaping, wouldn’t you agree?

I wonder if the USDA plans to establish “rules” about breathing air in subsidized areas too?

The Federal bureaucracy seems to think that it owns those individuals who receive any sort of government assistance and that their behavior is completely within its jurisdiction to control no matter how ridiculous or blatantly un-American the power-tripping “rules” they decide to put in place may be.

Think this is an isolated case?  It’s not.  I write regularly on this blog about these outrageous situations where ordinary citizens are bullied by out of control bureaucrats, the most recent being aMother in Maine who was harassed and threatened by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for feeding her healthy, robust 3 month old son homemade goat milk formula instead of horribly unhealthy commercial formula from the store laced with rancid vegetable oils and GMOs!

What You Can Do Now to Help Rosie

It is truly unfathomable that our country has degenerated to the point where a person can no longer garden without permission from bureaucratic thugs who get paid with our hard earned tax dollars to think up these rules –  not laws – rules that have never been voted on by the elected representatives of the citizens expected to abide by those rules.

If you recall, this is exactly the sort of authoritarian insanity that started the American Revolutionary War (tea party anyone?).

Tell the USDA where it can put its “rules” against gardening by those living in rural, subsidized areas.

You can either sign the petition to save Rosie’s garden by clicking here or send an outraged letter directly to Elsie Meeks, State Director for South Dakota, USDA Rural Development Agency.

Sample Email to USDA

You can copy/paste the email template below to send directly from your email provider. Template provided courtesy of Kitchen Gardeners International.



Subject: Allow USDA-subsidized housing residents to grow vegetable gardens

Message body:

Dear Director Meeks,

I urge you to make a loud and clear statement to all the property management companies your agency contracts that USDA-subsidized residents have the right to keep their own vegetable gardens provided that these gardens are actively maintained. Vegetable gardens grow healthy and affordable foods as well as a sense of community. Rather than preventing low-income and disabled residents from providing for themselves, we should be doing everything we can to encourage them. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely yours,

(Your name, your town, your state)

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  • disqus_lJapfzCIUh

    Is the USDA going to shut down Michelle Obama’s garden outside her Subsidized Housing? Good enough for Michelle and her roaming dogs around the garden should be good enough for a 4 year old by the name of Rosie in South Dakota…for a few plants…This country is now officially completely Insane…with Tyrants running the show…Pathetic…Rosie….please call or send a letter to Michelle Obama and complain…

    • Kim Williams

      Somehow, I think a letter to Mrs. Obama might actually help. Are you actually condemning the first lady for promoting growing a garden for food?

  • Scott Rader

    this is the whole point of making the population dependent upon the govt. they can then dictate to you what you can or can’t do or they’ll take away what you’ve come to depend on. thats why they consider those who want to think or rely on themselves as a threat….or as they word it, “possible domestic terrorist.”

    • bobbi

      This is all about equality. They are so afraid someone who works will have more than the deadbeats.

  • Gregg Weber

    Hey! This isn’t 1932-33 Ukraine is it? Probably not.

  • Dave

    This is what happens when our ‘free’ nation doesn’t have the courage to use it’s 2nd amendment!

  • Don Oshier

    We need to rise up…period…enough is enough!

  • Kevin

    Ironic the the Department of AGRICULTURE won’t let a child engage in the activity that they are in charge of promoting.

  • Alex Savochkin

    “…like the Communist Russia I learned about in elementary school where people weren’t allowed to grow their own food unless the State “allowed” it.”

    FYI, people in “Communist Russia” always had right and possibility to grow plant of any kind in their backyard. Nobody cared (and nobody cares) about what you grow. There were some attempts to ban greenhouses in mid-80’s, but it was against illegal business, not plants. By now it’s legal to grow nearly everything except narcotic plants in your backyard in Russia.

  • SuchindranathAiyer

    The US is ruled by PANGOLINs too. How come? America’s ruling class were also born ont the wrong side of the British blanket like PANGOLINs, Note: PANGOLIN: An enemy of India who believes in inequality under law, exceptions to the rule of law and persecution of some for the benefit of others. At present, the sole purpose of the Indian Republic, Constitutional or otherwise, is to pamper and provide for certain constitutionally preferred sections of society who the British found useful to hold and exploit India at the cost of those who the British hated and persecuted. The Pangolin is a creature that is unique to India and feeds on ants that are known in nature to be industrious and hard working if not quite as fruitful as bees who flee to better climes. (PANGOLIN is an acronym for the Periyar-Ambedkar-Nehru-Gandhi-Other (alien) Religions-Communist Consensus that usurped the British Mantle and has worn it with elan to loot, plunder, and rape India since 1921 and re write History and laws to their exclusive benefit since 1947)