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From Grass to Garden

A front-yard vegetable garden might spark a revolution

Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp of Drummondville, Quebec, ripped out their lawn to install a stylish raised-bed garden in their front yard last year and landed themselves in an international controversy. The couple took on vegetable gardening as a mid-life project, with the intention of eating healthier food and losing some weight, but in the midst of a pleasant summer of home-grown bounty they were told that city codes required 30 percent grass out front, and that they must reduce the size of their garden or pay substantial fines.

Kitchen Gardeners International took up the couple's cause with a petition that received thousands of signatures and made an appropriately big impression on the local city council. Change is coming. Landry and Beauchamp were allowed to keep their garden, and, with their help (and KGI's), local laws restricting front-yard gardens are being rewritten.

For the full story, read our blog post. To see the transformation from grass to garden, watch the slideshow, above.

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