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7 Years of Work on Food Forest Destroyed Over Permit
By Joe Jarvis - June 07, 2017

Imagine working for seven years to build a community food forest. It would be a very fulfilling project to take a neighborhood and transform it into a living food source full of fruit trees, luscious vines, and edible ground cover.

And imagine all your hard work being torn away in an instant by the city council.

Literally torn away; what would you be thinking and feeling as they sent landscaping crews to tear out the trees, some with fruit still one them, and grind them into wood chips.

Unfortunately, what could only be a feeling of utter exasperation and crushing disbelief was forced upon residents of Sunshine Coast, Australia. The people of a section of the city banded together to transform 11 city blocks into a food forest of which at least 200 people enjoyed the fruits.

The city council felled an entire stretch of this Urban Food Street, even preventing residents from collecting the fruit before the destruction.

Councillor Ted Hungerford said the felling of the trees was disappointing, but the council was left with no option after a resident had not applied for a permit, nor opted to relocate the trees to private property.

He said the requirement for a free permit and public liability insurance applied throughout the region, and so far 23 residents had fulfilled those requirements.

Another 10 residents had removed or relocated the trees to private property.

Cr Hungerford said this morning’s actions came after many months of negotiations, and the landholder for the three properties had also been issued with $609 infringement notices for each property.

Another four properties have compliance notices due in June.

And here is a perfect example of the insanity of government at every level. Here are people coming up with real solutions and productive community activities. But all the city council can do is gripe about permits and liability insurance.

Some residents said they didn’t even know about the requirements, but that hardly matters. What matters is that some bullies in the local government care more about pieces of paper than human beings. They care more about protecting their worthless pathetic City Council jobs, and probably imagine themselves quite the adept local governors. Clearly, they are out of touch with reality.

Because the city claims ownership over the property in front of people’s homes where a sidewalk would go, they were required to get permits to have fruit trees in that space — and most everyone did. However, because one resident didn’t apply for a permit, the entire area was leveled.

Resident Gail Felgenhauer told ABC that the council was belligerent, bullying and discriminatory.

“We’ve had multiple meetings and presented multiple options and ideas for solving their imagined problems,” she said.

And despite ornamental plants strewn about the roadsides throughout the Sunshine Coast area, it was only the fruit trees the city council had a problem with, complicating things further by requiring insurance.

Ms Felgenhaur said the citrus fruit from the felled trees would have been enough to provide about 12 months worth of jam for residents.

“And there was a dozen or more paw paws, beautiful paw paws … that lovely resident over there who has a physical disability, he ate the paw paws regularly,” she said.

“It’s just such waste.”

Imagine if every neighborhood grew an organic food forest. The benefits are voluminous; teaching kids about horticulture, providing free or cheap healthy food without pesticides, and increasing local food consumption (which decreases shipping costs and pollution). It also adds to the aesthetic beauty of a neighborhood and gives a sense of control, a sense of well-being. You are not so divorced from what you eat, it is not out of reach in an emergency.

Put the Pressure On Local Government

The solution here is pretty obvious: grab the pitchforks and torches and burn down city hall.

Just kidding, as satisfying as that would be. Rather, the residents of this city should clearly do everything they can to make sure those city council members do not get reelected, as well as investigate possible bribes from industries which would benefit from the destruction of a food forest. In the past, grocery stores have pushed city councils into cracking down on residential vegetable gardens.

They should probably also use some social pressure to make the councilors’ lives miserable.

When big fish in small ponds take actions like this, they deserve to be ridiculed by the community everywhere they go. Instead of excusing the enforcers and decision makers in our communities who act like their hands are tired, who do evil for a paycheck, and who stomp on the rights and lives of those around them, they should be made into social outcasts.

But for most of us, we can just not move to a town like that. Most local governments are still relatively responsive, even if grudgingly.

Recently a county in Oregon backed off their plan to spray poisonous glyphosate on an organic farm which failed to control invasive weeds. The law was changed to force private property owners to completely eradicate certain plants, whereas before they were only required to “control” them. The local government was going to ruin a business and 20 years of organic soil maintenance but backed off when they received thousands of angry calls and emails.

A similar case unfolded in Flint, Michigan where the city council put liens on homes of people who did not pay for their tainted, poisonous water. Again, after word got out and people from all over responded to tell them what they thought, they backed off and suspended the requirements for a year. We will have to see what happens when the year runs out.

If you would like to express to the Sunshine Coast Council what you think of their actions (in a constructive and non-threatening way), here is their contact information. And here is their Facebook page, where the council actually brags about recycling plastic bags and promoting work in the agriculture industry! A bit ironic.

Make a Food Forest

People spend a lot of time, effort, and money landscaping their yard with pretty, but useless plants. Planting a food forest is a great investment, as it provides nontaxable income (fruit). It is also a hedge against uncertain economic conditions–worst case scenario, you will have something to eat.

At this point, everywhere that people live could be turned into vast food forests completely transforming our ideas of where food should come from. Imagine the freedom, health, and community that this transformation would promote. It would be quite the upset for the food industry.

Personally, I prefer to do these types of things on private property so as not to run into issues with what local authorities might think. Of course, this means it is not a community project, but rather a personal one. It depends on your goals.

Check out this video of the food forest which I am building. It’s only a year and a half old, so many of the trees and plants are still small and relatively unproductive. But hey, got to start somewhere!

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  • jackw97224

    Sadly, Australia and most of the world nation states have adopted commie/socialism and that is a system of loot A to satisfy B. It is immoral. The societies thus created also impose liabilities on the general population to cover the costs of all complaints and litigations, so the people are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Commie/socialism is a philosophy of suicide and it will run its course. Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing…gone to pottage every one, when will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

    • Wheezwiz

      Quite correct. And it’s not as if socialism has been a great success anywhere, at any time. Think of the really great socialists, Stalin, Hit ler, Mao, Castros, Che, Chavez,, Attlee, Mugabe……ad infiin.

      • jackw97224

        @Wheezwiz, Congratulations, you have escaped the “box” into which the commie/socialists in politics and the MSM and much of government education have painted the vast masses. You rattled of a good list of rubbish, thanks. It is a shame but people have bought the system of political government which is based on violence when a better system of organizational government based on voluntary contracts is available. You might enjoy a rather lengthy missive: The Political Thought of Étienne de la Boétie By Murray N. Rothbard wherein he discusses Introduction to The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de la Boétie, written 1552-53. One of Boétie’s conclusions is that people just vote for their own enslavement out of pure tradition. How utterly ignorant and illogical is that? Enjoy. Oh, if you don’t already know, and my guess is that you do, check out The Zero Aggression Project (ZAP) by Perry Willis and Jim Babka…some good stuff that gives sound/logical refutations of “statism.” Go forth grasshopper and continue your quest to educate.

      • Sam Fox

        Wheezwiz, don’t forget LBJ, Roosevelt, 0boma, H Clinton…
        SamFox

      • jackw97224

        You got it. Good reminder of the utter evil of the commie/socialists and their leaders. Sad that college students in droves et.al. bought the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton commie/socialist clap trap spewings. Good on ya mate.

    • Don Duncan

      Australia has two advantages over the USSA. It has no nukes. It has a lot more space (the outback) per capita. It might be easier to form a community of freethinkers (voluntarists) isolated from the crowd, where you could live free and prosper. Just know you are never completely safe. Sooner or later, your community will be threatened.

      • jackw97224

        Yes, you point out a simple truth: one is never safe. Furthermore, it is dangerous when people decide to sanction via voting to demand a politician use violence to make us safe. A “law” does not make anyone safe, it just gives the state an excuse to use power to justify the use of aggression and thence to loot A to satisfy B.

    • DrColostomy

      Too bad Aussies have become a civilization of Poofdahs.

      • jackw97224

        Am not an Aussie, but I think they are not all as you describe. However, for sure there is evidence of a streak of “snow flakism” running through The Land Down Under.”

  • Earn nest

    Governments become mindless brute beasts. It is often impossible to find someone to blame for sheer stupidity like this.

    • Don Duncan

      Ah, no. Look all around you. They are the majority, probably 98%. The others, voluntarists, are growing though.

      • Earn nest

        Point taken, Don.

  • Sherry Lock

    Hundreds of years of brainwashing coming to fruition.

  • jackw97224

    rWe don’t need the bloated Leviathan of political movement; we need to terminate it in favor of organizational government based on voluntary contracts. Most of the filthy waste of government financed by looting A to satisfy B is eliminated and these government jobs go to the free market to see what they are really worth.

    • Yes, we are working on this in the UK:
      http://harrogateagenda.org.uk/

      • jackw97224

        I hope you are successful, but it seems that Europe and the US governments are so deeply infected and infested with the philosophy of suicide commie/socialism that they will destroy their economies and the lives of thousands or millions before the thing is done. BTW, the ruin in part is due to the US Fed Bank and fiat currency which was imposed by Amerikan politicians in 1913. The US financed the wars, both sides, in the 20th Century and is shamefully responsible for the massive slaughters. The Fed Bank and politicians consorted to create the recessions and The Great Depression and thereby are responsible for the pain and destruction attendant these economic catastrophes. As a Christian, I believe Satan has control of Earth for a while longer before the wickedness is dispatched in the final battle.

        • john cummins

          bank of London

          • jackw97224

            Yes, I know. One of my favorite stories is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. He made the point that the French revolutionaries didn’t stop with the immediate perpetrator but went deep into the family tree to exact revenge or punishments. If the day of reckoning should come again, then these banksters might be wise to take note of Dickens’ warning.

  • autonomous

    Local governments vary only in size with more far-reaching ones. Every city council is plagued with self-serving tyrants that are seemingly beyond the reach of voters. They usually include the poll workers and vote counters. Bottom line: only the counters count.

    • jackw97224

      The Political Thought of Étienne de la Boétie
      By Murray N. Rothbard
      https://mises.org/library/political-thought-%C3%A9tienne-de-la-bo%C3%A9tie [Introduction to The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de la Boétie, written 1552-53.]
      Boétie determined that people vote for enslavement because such subservience is TRADITIONAL. How lazy and irrational is that?

      • Col. Edward H. R. Green

        De la Boetie pointed out that, in order to stop a tyrant, all people need to do is to withdraw their consent from the tyrant to tyrannize them.

        Watch Romania’s last tyrant Nicolae Ceaucescu’s last speech (available on Youtube). Watch the POSs reaction as the crowd starts to turn against him. People were saying, in effect, “Enough of you is enough, and enough is too much ” and withdrawing their consent ! Boetie’s words in action ! The POS quickly dashes back into the building while his goons stand on the balcony with a look of apprehension on their faces.

        Not long thereafter, he and his illiterate wife (who was worse than he was), were tried, found guilty, and quickly executed by firing squad.

        Withdraw your consent, and back that withdrawal by force of your firearms.

        Force government to surrender its control over all land and improvements thereon, and thereby make it unconditional, absolute, allodial private property. Fight for that !

        Since there is no such thing in reality as a valid “right” or authority to treat another human being as a slave, you do not require permission from any other human being, regardless of his/her position in government, to live, work, travel, and peacefully manage and develop your own property as you please.

        You just have to assume the responsibility to grow a pair and assert and defend that fact when armed goons from government barge onto your property with their tyrannical requirements, demands, and destructive intents.

        • jackw97224

          Well said. Of course it takes courage and the knowledge that there is risk of physical injury and death to stand up to the criminal elite, the commie/socialist politicians. Most people just are too well kept as slaves on the plantation state to take the risks. My feeling is that all the ostensible defenders of freedom in the military should resign and that would go a long way toward removing the power elite from their tyranny of Amerika.

  • Don Duncan

    What do you do when most of your neighbors are delusional, resulting in them engaging in self enslavement and dragging you along with them? I suggest getting together with freethinkers, forming a community as far away from the zombies as possible, and planning to defend when “the walking deadheads” find you.

    Or, you could blend in and hope to survive. I have trouble blending in. I can’t keep my mouth shut. But I’ve been that way for 74 years, with many of my associates telling me “You can’t say that” or “You’re going to jail”. So far, so good.

    • jackw97224

      @Don, I feel your pain. I awoke to the utter criminality of political government at 38 and now at 71 have 33 years of additional knowledge and experience to validate the simple truths of my original thoughts. There are few remote regions on Earth to which one might escape and they are usually not very attractive climate wise. Most who share your views are stuck and suffer under the yoke of the commie/socialist plantation state operated by elitist politicians/masters and their enforcer bureaucrats/overseers. Amerika is no longer the Land of the Free and less and less the home of the brave. It seems Amerikans in the majority like a government that loots A to satisfy B. Amerikans in the majority have pissed away independence and prefer dependence and enslavement.

      • john cummins

        Reminds me of the hunting and fishing “rules” where you are required to RAT on those that you might see breaking said regulations. If you don’t RAT on them YOU are also a lawbreaker. What a hoot! Ignore them.

        • jackw97224

          Right Arm, Farm out, High 5s…That is the advice I give my friends here in the central valley of kalifonicate-kalificate when they express fears of being ticketed for using their fireplaces on the NO BURN days.

  • DB – What was not OK about my first post?

    • I’m sorry I couldn’t find any comment from you that had been flagged. I apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Skip Robinson

    It’s like I always say. Governments are confiscatory cartels that care not for the majority but only the few special interests that support them with campaign contributions and other forms of patronage. The concept of individual rights has long been over shadowed by the Marxist ideology of the public good, financially and morally bankrupting our world. The idea that it was only fruit trees supports the contention of benefiting the commercial special interests at the expense of everyone else. If you grow citrus trees in your commercial orchard, why would you want to see and allow people to grow citrus trees in the neighborhoods when you can easily regulate them out of existence.

    In So. Florida, a number of years back, they Department of Agriculture claimed the citrus had been infected with some disease and went into entire neighborhoods, cities and even one county indiscriminately cutting down all citrus trees whether diseased or not. A long term cold front came though a number of years later wiping out much of the citrus of the commercial interests. I liked to think it was a payback for both destroying all the neighborhood citrus and deploying the erroneous meme of global warming.

  • thefinancedude

    Opening lines of the best anti-programming movie (or neuvo programming depending on view) – dont give me any of that juris-my-diction crap…

    Its really simple my brothers and sisters – are you a voluntary slave or is slavery still legal? this is the only question to solve…learn how you volunteered…to be in this position and then exit…oh btw, equity does not aid a volunteer 🙂

    • jackw97224

      Isn’t it interesting that for those who believe that the constitution has validity that it only “outlaws” involuntary servitude, not voluntary servitude. And this distinction was never made clear in any government school class which I attended. Why? The truth of course is that there is no factual evidence that the constitution and law apply to you or me just because we are physically present in some geographical locations. You might have read Lysander Spooner’s No Treason No. 6, The Constitution of No Authority (about 40 pages the WWW). Also you might like Marc Stevens’ No State Project on YouTube. And then take a peek at The Zero Aggression Project by Perry Willis and Jim Babka on the WWW as well. I like Away From Freedom by Vervon Orval Watts wherein he gives a commendable refutation of the utter fallacies of commie/socialism, well, IMHO of course.

      • thefinancedude

        invert this to see deeper – “The truth of course is that there is no factual evidence that the constitution and law apply to you or me just because we are physically present in some geographical locations.” – roots – trace to the roots – what geo-graphy can paper control? paper…what is paper made of? cotton/trees – land…what is silver/gold? portable land…the paper and the real are disconnected in that one has nothing to do with the other except in our shared unseen land – our mind, esp the collective astral one(s) – so what geography does paper have?

        paper…NYC the capital is technically in two physical locations as the title was split and placed in trust – namely half is in NYC and the other DC – the psy op requires physical built structures to subSTANTIATE the claim of authority 🙂

        the romans did something about 500 years before anyone else and hid the technology – they figured out in the war colleges how to conquer people using the least amount of wealth which was mind control – ask your self how an empire failed from within when no military ever conquered them?

        RCC isn’t rome…not the one i speak of…but the romans also gave a puzzle to solve to undo it all namely at the council of nicea when the greatest work of art to date was created in what would be called the holy bible…a reasonable man can read that and conclude its all fiction yet a fiction that leads to the most immensely profound moments of clarity of soul…the key is truly knowing thy self and seaing all the locks as One…

        • jackw97224

          The trouble with your ending is that there is factual evidence that the Bible information is backed up by all sorts of discoveries.

  • Tbone

    Solution A: Conduct demonstrations in front of the city councils homes, NOT CITY HALL. Knock on the doors of THEIR homes regulate THEIR way of life. Don’t use violence or even curse. Just approach them AND their spouses and kids and demand a reverse action POLITELY. Don’t give up. Here in the U.S. we give up quite often due to apathy, ESPN and Playstation/Xbox.
    Solution B: Gather local businesses together, (don’t include city commerce dept or any govt dept.) and as ONE entity, force city council to eliminate bogus regulations, one law at a time, so ALL people can pursue their desires and way of life. If you get the local businesses on the side of the people (their customers) then city council adhere’s to the voice of the people. ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL, USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE-former Tea Party Member, former leftist Marxist.

    • jackw97224

      Politics is violence as Tolstoy wrote in The Law of Love and The Law of Violence. Organizational government is based on voluntary contracts and is worth a try. People just are so programmed as to think there is no way such voluntary contract based government would work. The freedom and independence has been bred out of Amerikans in the majority and it is a tragedy. The propaganda, indoctrination and brainwashing by the MSM, politicians and the government education has created a plantation state of slaves. The masters/commie/socialist politicians and overseers/enforcers have our necks under their heels. Bye Bye Miss American Pie.

  • john cummins

    First thing I did before moving into my house was plant an orchard. Last night I harvested super cauliflower, peas, peppers and squash from the garden and peaches from my early peach crop. Americans used to grow their own food. Time to start again. In Europe people planted gardens in their front yards, their whole front yards. My wife once asked me what I would do when I finished planting trees in the yard. My answer: dig ponds, stock fish, then I have veggies, fruit, and meat. I was astonished last year in the Cayman Islands to see how few people grew their own food. They have a wonderful climate for mucho exotic fruits and yet import most of their food. Lo mismo de los estados unidos. BTW, don’t ask permission to do stuff on your own property. My experience with most community gardens is that they are failures, most people won’t do their share of the work…you’ll do it all, then eventually the government (as above) will find a reason to shut it down.

    • jackw97224

      Yes, you have stated The Tragedy of the Commons, which exposes the fallacy of commie/socialism. People want to slop-at-the-trough, suck-at-the-golden-teat or the loot A to satisfy B welfare state but few want to work to provide the fruits. Two Biblical verses come to mind:
      King James Bible
      2 Thessalonians 3:10
      For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
      1 Corinthians 3:8
      Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

      These are in stark diametrically opposed to the commie/socialist mantra of from each according to his ability to each according to his need.

      Clearly, commie/socialism is opposed to Christianity and those who think they can ride the fence might think about the following:

      Revelation 3:16
      So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

      • James Clander

        Quoting Fairy Tales & superstition doesn’t contribute to a serious discussion.

        • jackw97224

          The point is that Christianity and commie/socialism are diametrically opposite and one cannot logically claim to be both, he is either one or the other; the attempt to serve two masters is doomed to fail. Your opinions are yours but the logic I present is factual and backed by history. What factual evidence do you have? Keep in mind all the archeological evidence that supports Biblical stories.

        • teabagger_1

          Spiritual allegory is not so much a “fairy tale” or “superstition”. It is a message of virtue and a knowledge in something bigger than the ignorant ego of man. It also speaks to the inhumanity within man and how to overcome that through practice. I would say that it is very relevant/”serious”.

    • Couldn’t agree more, glad to hear about the abundant harvest!

  • jrdeahl

    I have come to the conclusion that authoritarians have prepared insane rules for people. Rules that have come down from the NWO’s Agenda 21. They do not want anyone to be self sufficient! The down side is that when the planed collapse by the NWO is implemented, people will die without any food. Depopulation being the hidden goal!

    The USA has a grain bin storage system which is now empty. Why?

    • PoliticallyIncorrect2

      Best comment I’ve seen all day… even all week. This is EXACTLY their agenda. Criminalization of self-sufficiency, eventually leading to depopulation.

      • DrColostomy

        But first they have to confiscate the guns. Oh…wait, AU citizens rolled over and turned them in. Enjoy life on the Socialist/Fascist Plantation, Sukkas.

  • Weathership Tango Delta

    “requirement of public liability insurance”

    to garden! If you have legislators, they legislate. Government bureaucracy is cancer.

  • Public land is what they tell us “belongs to ALL of us” but in reality it belongs to the state.

    • jackw97224

      Yep, we are all stinkin’ naggar slaves on the plantation state run by masters/elitist politicians and their supporters and enforced by overseers/bureaucrats. We would be wise, IMHO, to terminate political government which is violence and replace it with organizational government based on voluntary contracts.

      • generalisimo

        Then how would you ever force people to your will if you allow freedom and liberty? We can’t have people just doing what they wish without being compelled in some way, liberty and freedom, that’s un American. I mean, nothing ever gets done voluntarily, only the government gets things done by forcing people to do it. Otherwise SOMOLIA!

        • jackw97224

          Heh, heh, heh…yes, free will is not tolerable for commie/socialist politicians. In fact political government, “statism,” is opposed to Christianity. Jehovah God gave us free will, well, for those who choose to believe and accept Him. “Statists” believe in using violence to impose their beliefs.

      • or just ban the government from owning property, which ostensibly it is according to the Constitution. Those are some huge forts and ports.

        • jackw97224

          What most Amerikans do not grasp is that there is no factual evidence that the constitution and law apply to them just because they are physically present in some geographical location. This make quite clear by Lysander Spooner in No Treasoan No. 6, The Constitution of No Authority (1870) and who thesis is being validated by the court challenges put forth by Marc Stevens and The No State Project. The big problem is that most judges and attorneys/prosecutors and politicians are dishonest and ignore this simple truth, but fortunately there are a few judges and attorneys who are honest and when the question is put to them, then they dismiss simple traffic tickets where there is no harm to person or property.

  • PoliticallyIncorrect2

    First of all, this happened in Australia. HOWEVER, it is part of a global plan called Agenda 21… and is increasingly becoming a reality here in America too. And the “end-game” is that no one be “allowed” to be self-sufficient, so they will have no choice but to depend on their almighty government “overlords” for their very rationed existence.

    • Don Payson

      Australia or US makes no difference. If they can do it there,they most certainly can do it here

  • Rhona_Redtail

    Duh. They DONT WANT this type of thing to catch on.

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