Meet Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, a South Florida couple who’ve been growing what they say is 80 percent of their food in a front-yard vegetable garden for the past 17 years. As it turns out, their self-sufficient lifestyle counts as illegal activity in Miami Shores — the couple was told to either rip out their garden, or pay $50 per day in fines.
The most infuriating part of the whole thing is why Miami Shores won’t let the couple keep their garden: vegetables are “inconsistent with the city’s aesthetic character.” Fruits, flowers and plastic flamingos, on the other hand, are all permitted. Ricketts and Carroll are challenging the ordinance that regulates front-yard aesthetics, arguing that it’s irrational and unconstitutional. They’re suing the village for just $1 — and the right to start growing their own food again.
The Institute for Justice, a libertarian nonprofit that’s representing the couple, made this adorable video about the case. Prepare to feel entertained and infuriated, all at once: