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Bill To Allow Front Yard Veggie Gardens Takes Root

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Local governments would no longer be able to prevent residents from growing vegetable gardens in their front yard if a senate proposal becomes law.

If passed a senate bill would let people grow lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, and other vegetables. Minority Leader and Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) questioned if people could also grow tomatoes; sparking the age-old question of whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable.

Bill Sponsor and Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park) answered.

“Good news the clarifying definition includes a vegetable garden taking into account a fruit or a vegetable. So we don’t have to resolve that question to determine whether one if this passes is able to move forward with a tomato garden," Bradley said.

The proposal does still give the government the ability to regulate water use during drought conditions, fertilizer use, or control of invasive species.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.