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  • This is my front lawn. It is a vegetable garden.

    Over the last two years there have been two PBS television shows and several local news programs film the garden.

    Many communities will not allow a vegetable garden in the front lawn and I find this ridiculous and tragic at a time when so many are losing their jobs, their homes, and their ability to feed themselves in a down economy. Grass cannot possibly be more important than feeding a starving child a healthy organic meal.

    This garden is not just a hobby. It is the tool I use to educate people about conserving water, feeding the hungry, and living more organically. Beautifying the community and bringing strong economic value to the surrounding homes is also part of my goal with this front lawn.

    In the summers I make culinary videos that teach people how to cook for under $10 per meal for their family. I set up a table in middle of the garden, pick a vegetable, then my team and I film a "how to" on preparing the vegetable live in the garden so that people can learn how to do it for themselves.

    There have been many to ridicule me for doing all of this. I do sometimes receive hate mail calling me an extremist and a weirdo. There will always be haters, yet my immediate neighbors and my community support me. They enjoy my garden and are happy I am feeding and helping others in our community who are less fortunate. And my children see a woman who is trying to make a difference for her world.

    This is my front lawn. It is a vegetable garden. It is making a difference.
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