Went to a Detroit City Policies meeting tonight. Did you know that it is technically against the law to have a community garden in the city.
From a Garden Resource Program Collaborative handout:
Currently, the only urban agriculture or community gardens that could be permitted in Detroit are those established by the Recreation Department in city parks.
For other property in the city, there is no reference to urban agriculture or community ga rdens, therefore making them illegal. The only reference related to gardens are limitations:
1) Weeds, brush or plant growth over 8 inches tall that are poisonous, noxious or could cause harm are prohibited on public or private land.
2)Landscaping materials and plantings must be 20 feet from the sidewalk and may not be taller than 3 feet.
Chickens: Law prohibits chickens in Detroit.
Bees: No reference to them, so they would be assumed illegal.
There is a proposed amendment that should be going before city council very soon.
So I guess I should file a complaint to the city on the city because the city owned vacant lots that are all over the city have tall wild flowers and weeds at the sidewalks and the curbs and sometimes are 3 to 6 feet tall.