Chatham Township, New Jersey has twice citied Mike Bucuk, a 24-year-old organic farmer, for the crime of growing vegetables in his backyard and giving the surplus away to his neighbors for free. The town has ordered him to stop working his three-acre organic garden. Now his current crop remains idle and dying.

It appears that a neighbor, Richard Templin, filed a complaint that Buck was operating a commercial farm in his backyard in violation of local zoning ordinances.

Mr. Bucuk’s backyard garden consists of a moveable green house on three acres. Because he is an organic farmer, there is no crop dusting or harsh chemicals used on his garden.

With the many Homeowner Associations in Texas and new city ordinances appearing each year, it is possible that your home garden may not be safe from deed restrictions and ordinances