March 24, 2009

Howdy- I’m passing this message on from my farmer friend Chelsea:  

For some time now, Tulsa officials have been formulating a zoning ordinance that would allow the creation, use, and maintenance of Community Gardens as a land use “by right”. This means community gardens are allowed to exist for free as they always have.

The alternative to this is a use “by exception”, with a $750 fee in addition to a $250 fee to apply. The application goes through the board of adjustment, and could also take as long as 45 days. This would nearly criminalize community gardening by discouraging it to the point of oblivion.

One of the people who wants to charge a fee for community gardens is City Councilor Jack Henderson.  He says: “How do we know what people are going to be growing? Vegetables? Maybe. Or, maybe something else. Is there going to be someone that inspects what is growing?”

This Thursday, City Council will once again consider the ordinance at a PUBLIC HEARING at City Hall. 
Public support will make or break the ordinance. 

Bring yourself and as many of your family, friends, children and coworkers as you can.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

City Hall
175 E. 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK

Enter City Hall on the Northwest corner of east 2nd street and south Cincinnati avenue.

6:00- 7:00 PM 

I hope some of you can make it. Let me know if you wanna carpool. As far as I know, this Henderson guy is nice enough, just a little paranoid, I’m thinking. Who knows?

Sometimes, in a democratic, free society, you gotta fight for your right to have access to fresh veggies…





  1. I got an email about this from TulsaNow that supplied some more stuff:

    “Email your City Councilor at: (insert the council district number in lieu of the “x.”) Or call your Councilor: 596-1990″, the actual ordinance if you want to read it and info on what a community garden is.

  2. spring Says:

    The turn-out was really great, and there were so many educated people there to inform the city council and the very few skeptics in the crowd of why community gardens are a vital part of healthy communities. So, the ordinance passed, which means that anyone in Tulsa can garden by right, free and legally!
    All you have to do if you want to start a community garden is post a sign where you want to do it 30 days before beginning your garden. Then start gardening!

  3. beamish Says:

    glad to hear it!

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