Stay-at-Home Dad Wins Right to Farm His Frontyard

With the help of a libertarian lawyer, Karl Tricamo can continue growing eggplant and tomatoes where other people might just push a mower.

Urban farmers as outlaws: It's becoming a familiar tale. Whether it's a $2,500 fine for growing chard in Oakland or bans on backyard chickens in Pensacola, the civic agrarian often bumps up against the cold hard edge of the law. Public opinion may have shifted far enough in some cities to actually reshape zoning laws to allow for farms in vacant lots and other unused spaces, but plenty of ag-minded urbanites in less progressive burgs still toil in their vegetable trenches shaking their garden-gloved fists at the man.

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