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The Story of the World's Most Famous Front Yard Vegetable Garden

Sep 18, 2013

Regular KGI supporters will recall that exactly one year ago we were having quite a food fight or, more accurately, a fight for the right to grow food in one's front yard.  The garden belongs to Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp of Drummondville, Quebec. Having recently traveled to Quebec to spend time with them and speak at a conference, I can tell you that it is the most productive and beautiful front yard I have ever visited and that includes the White House kitchen garden!

When Josée and Michel contacted me last summer to inform me that their local officials had ordered them to remove most of it to conform to town code, I knew two things: 1) that KGI needed to fight alongside them and 2) that we needed to win to send a strong message in Canada and abroad about the importance of growing healthy food where we can.  

This beautifully-shot video by Olivier Asselin tells the amazing story of this garden, why it is was planted, why it was threatened and how the battle for it was ultimately won. It's a testament not only to Josée and Michel's visionary work, but also to the power of gardeners from around the world coming together to work towards a shared goal. I hope you'll enjoy it and share it with others.  

 

Comments

Oh I am going to do a post on my blog about this. www.africanaussie.blogspot.com. I wish my back yard veggie garden looked like this! How beautiful - I would think any city council would be proud of having front yards like this! Thank you Roger for bringing our attention to this inspiring couple.
this is a great story about back yard veggie garden. It show how far removered the city council and other so call local officials are removed from the food and soil that sustain us. A whole new gereration of folks growing up removed from the land and food that we grow/ Good job KGI.

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