They should be giving this guy a GRANT for what he's done, NOT a FINE!
HELP him OUT!!
Shame on the City of Memphis for taking action against Mr Guerrero! Don't the courts have more important things to spend tax payers' money on than prosecuting people for gardening?
I do not think that "Memphis officials are out of touch with the new reality. " Actually, they are pretty much in alignment with the preachings and biddings of their masters, who slowly tighten the grip worldwide on any signs of self-sustainability or healthy food. Thou shalt not garden, because all food will be given by Monsanto, the LORD. OK, cynism off. This case is a joke. Gardeners, get your forks and sickles and lets get some "peasant wars" going...
Sadly, I'm guessing the neighbors complained b/c they didn't like seeing food gardens in the front yard. All is well and good as long as we 'hide' our vegetable gardens out back.
I think it is just dreadful that people expect other to conform to their ideals of beauty. Growing your own food is beautiful and far more beneficial than a yard full of grass.
Can someone find the phone numbers and emails of those in the city of Memphis who cited Mr. Guerrero, as well as those of his or her boss, and the city manager?
If this is the Raleigh Egypt area, then they (city officials ) have way more than an urban garden and beekeeping to worry about...what about the gangs that run rampant? These kids are learning something besides how to be a thug. I admire this teacher for standing up and giving these kids something to focus on besides gangbanging and drug running. Memphis is a huge mess, and this is a prime example of why. They focus on all the wrong crap. All of our politicians are criminals and thieves and and they all need to be thrown out of office, all we can focus on is a little gardener? Typical.
a man wants to grow his own food, good on him. you don't like the way it looks? offer to weed, build paths, donate a fountain, or change your idea of beauty. ya never know, one day you may be begging at his door for a cabbage. or some seeds. that aside, in the small town where i grew up there was a single man who taught computers at our school, back when PCs were new. he had one at his house and all the neighborhood kids were welcome to come play and learn anytime. my brother was hooked and spent many hours there, became extremely competent and has even centered his career around programing software. this man also taught him how to sail and inspired a love of sailing that is with him today. the other thing he introduced to my brother was sex. it came out after we moved to the other side of the country that he had been intimate with many of the kids who spent time at his house. it's sad to say but my first question is, why is this single man volunteering his free time to teach a mere three young men at his home? why not start a school garden for all the kids? i'm thinking of an old Japanese saying, "there's nothing more expensive than something that's free" ask mama what she knows about it.
Jeff... what you think are bee boxes are actually compost bins /worm habitats. They only own 2 bee hives and they are located behind the shed. And what current society doesnt realize is, our bee population is dying... because of the overuse of pesticides. I mean bees arent immune to those poisons that kill everything else! Without these bees, pollination decreases. In china or japan, I honestly dont remember which, their bee population is so low now that they are hiring people to hand pollinate their crops, with freakin paint brush like objects. That is pure desperation. Leave the bees alone and they will leave you alone... they arent like wasps and they know they die after stinging so they arent going to willy nilly sting unless they have to.
Love your Fall Fashion 2011 ----GREAT photos! ----The male (Darnell) with the female (Elizabeth) on his shoulders was my favorite of all. Awesome job all around!!! I picked the Memphis Flyer up at Huey's restaurant while in town on business travel. I look forward to reading another issue on my next trip to Memphis.
First ... the above link doesn't work : (
Second, I'd like to see more pictures of the actual gardens! Perhaps the neighbors are ignorant and think he has a bunch of abandoned dressers sitting around or that the bees will escape and come attack them? Sad society we live in when people who spray chemicals all over their property are the ones who are "law abiding" and the ones who want to grow their own food are the criminals!
Wow! I'm jealous! I so want to learn beekeeping.. how lucky these boys are to learn that.
I think some of those are compost bins, not bee boxes.
Memphis officials are out of touch with the new reality. There is a rising, overwhelming tide of participation in home and community gardening - for good reason. The cost of store bought food is going through the roof. The increasing cost of petroleum, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides threaten the very basis of industrialized agriculture. How much time is left for people to learn how to grow their own food before the existing high energy food system begins to break down? Check out this site for some very attractive fron yard garden designs - www.maninoveralls.blogsspot.com.
Here's a fairly recent article about beekeeping in Memphis, which is, by the way, legal: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/…
Interestingly, the woman depicted in the article is the "coordinator for the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's GrowMemphis, which helps people, particularly in low-income neighborhoods, create urban gardens."
Beekeeping is done all over Memphis, including behind the mansion of a prominent Memphis physician who lives on Central Avenue.
cdel: ALL photos are "cropped" to the extent they only capture what's in the camera/lens's field of vision. You may be giving the photographer here more credit/blame than she deserves. My suggestion: get over it!
Although the yard appears not to be the least bit blighted (photo cropped or not), I do wonder now if the complaint wasn't about the bees. That looks like a lot of bee boxes. There are probably bees everywhere. I wish he would send some to my house.
Were these photos taken in response to the comments posted yesterday, last night and this morning? If so, why only one photo of the front yard - and a cropped photo at that.
HORROR! This? This is what Mr. Guerrero got fined for? I'll be honest and say that when I first read this story I really thought, okay, maybe I'm missing something and his yard really does just look out of control. But after seeing these pictures, the whole fine is even MORE ludicrous than I believed.
What amazing lessons these kids are learning about ecology, biology, math, cooperation, leadership, and--for all the wrong reasons--politics.
It appears to me this teacher is doing something constructive and making a positive difference in a few young people's lives. Hardly the kind of thing we need to be hamstringing in Memphis, no? We would do well, imo, to have many more Adam Guerreros in this city. Bravo, sir.
I sure wish somebody would explain why I have been cropped out of every single photo. I mean, damn.
.....I think Ms.Morgan looks beautiful,the JUICE will rule the M-town
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