Woman’s Survival Garden Seized and Destroyed by Authorities

Survival GardenA woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma is suing the city’s code enforcement teams after they illegally cut down her entire survival garden. Denise Morrison, who started the garden after becoming unemployed, had over 100 medicinal and edible plants in her front and back yard.

She told local Tulsa reporters that she started her garden after becoming unemployed as a way to feed herself and treat a variety of medical issues. Instead of relying on government handouts, this woman took matters into her own hands and decided to become self-sufficient. She filled her yard with things like fruit trees, berries, nut trees, and a wide variety of edible and medicinal herbs. She used these herbs to treat her diabetes, high-blood pressure, and arthritis.

Is the Self-Reliant Lifestyle Now a Crime in America?

All her hard work ended when the local code enforcement team showed up to her house and forcibly removed her entire survival garden. before after code enforcment teamMorrison says that she tried to explain how everything in her yard followed the local code enforcement rules. You see, she had problems with these people in the past and this time she was determined to do things by the book.

She obtained the local ordinances and followed every rule to the tee. She made sure that everything in her garden had a purpose, and that her garden looked its best at all times. Local ordinances stated that no plant could be over 12-inches tall unless they were being used for human consumption.

Morrison made sure every plant in her garden could be eaten, but that didn’t matter to the city. They could care less about what the law actually said; they were determined to take out her garden. “Every word out of their mouth was, ‘we don’t care’,” Morrison said.

Over 100 plant varieties were removed by the code enforcement team, leaving her with no way to feed or medicate herself. They took almost everything, including a number of her fruit and nut trees. She told local reporters in Tulsa, “I came back three days later, sat in my driveway, cried and left.”

Government Crack Down on Liberty

Uncle Sam Propaganda PosterWhile this case is extremely sad, it’s also becoming more and more common throughout the country. From “nuisance abatement teams” that have been forcing Off-Griders in California to hook back into the grid, to the heartbreaking story of Andrew Wordes who took his life after code enforcement teams seized his home, this country is making it harder and harder for self-reliant people to live on their own land.

While some dismiss these cases as localized issues, I believe they’re part of a larger movement to control anyone who dares to live a self-reliant lifestyle. I think evidence of this can be seen in the federal government’s attempts to regulate small farms out of existence, their use of the EPA to seize private land, the formation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Green Police Force, their attempts to seize control of the Great Lakes, oceans, and waterways, and their use of organizations like The National League of Cities to take control of local governments.

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  1. Since they did this before at her previous residence I bet both are rental properties where the planting of gardens are prohibited and the complaint was filed by her landlord.

    • As a landlord, I can say for myself and most of those whom I’ve conversed with we don’t give a rat’s butt what the tenant does with the yard provided that 1) The tenant keeps current on their rent, 2) They’re not obviously breaking the law (no planting pot please). That about sums it up from a landlord’s perspective. Any tenant who wants to keep up the yard care themselves reduces my expenses as a landlord if I can cancel the expensive lawn care service.

      BTW, landlords can’t call in city code enforcement for lease violations either. City code people enforce city codes, not landlord/tenant contracts.

  2. This is really sad, government are less and less likely to follow their own rules as time passes and no one calls them on it.

  3. What do you expect … We knowingly put a anti America dopper in the White House … It all kind of makes sence

  4. taking away this womans source of food and medicine is not only not American its a crime againist humanity.. making all these codes are trying to force people to live in a box

  5. What happened to, “Give me liberty or give me death.” We need to light a candle underneath some of these complacent slobs that allow this shit to go on.

    Tell ya what, Anyone that tries to come onto my land with the intention of destroying MY legal garden full of herbs and spices is going to either eat a bullet, a ton of buckshot, daggers, or a nice sharp hand forged arrowhead put forth with my trusty compound bow.

    I’ll go down swingin’ to protect the sovereignty of my land.

  6. Hello from England you can do what you want with a garden in England even if your renting, No survival gardens not allowed to use rainwater i still struggle to believe it your country not the land of the free its a highly controlled POLICE STATE, come to England our NHS will treat u for free even though your foreign and Havant got travel insurance because its the right thing to do without any hassle. THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.

  7. This is mental illness. A bureaucrat who sits down and makes strange laws that make no sense like banning gardens is literally displaying OCD and mentally ill compulsions. The individual’s thought-distortions and psychotic compulsions causes them to want to ban gardens because they think it ruins the city block & what not. They literally have anxiety over things like gardens and their mental illness causes them to write idiosyncratic rules & enforce them. Just because a person is in a position of power doesnt mean they arent mentally ill with OCD and other idiosyncrasies. In fact, most are mentally ill. Im not kidding. They are literally mentally ill.

  8. So; Durning WW2, the government encouraged everybody was to have a Victory Garden, To help with the war effort so the metal that would of been used for food cans could go for ships, tanks rifles & other war items.. Am I missing something? The Feds want us to reduce green house gases from factories at the same time they’re pulling up plants that help clean the air we breath.. Is some one overly stupid or what?

  9. Individuality is a threat to a multi-racial society, each person must sacrifice their genetic identity for the purpose of peace and harmony. Either go with the flow or sink to a new low.

  10. To Whom,
    Let the people be. Growing their own food will not cause harm to anyone else, Why does “big brother” need to get involved in everyone’s life?
    I thought this was a free country, Evidently not anymore. Its becoming a sad, sad place to live.
    The government is going around destroying everyone’s hard work for NO good reason at all.
    The government is the one that is allowing all kinds of bad things passed down to consumers, KILLING hundreds to thousands every year!
    You guys need to wake up and smell the coffee, This is not YOUR land. It is God’s land, And I personally can not wait til he takes it back.

  11. It’s most likely too late by now to take our country back. They (government) have been building this for a very very long time and it has been changing right in front of our eyes. Nobody does anything because alot don’t know what to do…..While we all sit online trying to figure out what to do about the corrupt govt. It is getting much worse. Arresting people just for nothing and telling them they don’t have the right to speak, move in a certain way or have their american freedoms….This is due to our government take over by the muslim brotherhood….How better to bring your enemy down than get elected into their leader position which is what happened in Obama’s case except that the election was a fraud and nobody did anything about it when the final vote numbers came in and he won over a hundred percent of votes in many cities. Now tell me if I am wrong but isn’t it impossible to get over 100% of votes when there are only a 100% to be had?????
    We need our military to go into the government and clean them out…Congress too…They are to chicken shit to tell us what is going on….If they would just open their mouth to us then they would have millions backing them but they are too chicken of the few in our government…..

  12. WTH? Can’t grow a plant in YOUR yard that’s over 12 inches tall unless it’s edible? That’s just messed up. I’m So glad I live in Maryland, where we grow beautiful rose bushes and other large flowers and bushes. The black eyed susan is our state flower, and it grows pretty tall. That is the ultimate slap in the face for a woman to have her garden ripped up. And…especially when it is used for medicinal reasons.

    • that’s just the regulation they made up to selectively enforce at whim when they don’t like somebody. Really, it’s not about the plants at all.

  13. Terrible behaviour. What can be done about this? Will the authorities get away with it? Sickens me, and I now considering NOT moving to the US. There are so many stories like this.

  14. I have a feeling there is another side to this story. Why are we not hearing that? I don’t believe every outlandish thing I read/hear without questioning it thoroughly.

  15. I have empathy for this lady & seeds to share. IF she would like to build again or is simply missing her plants, please contact me via email. This site has my permission to email in regards to this post.

  16. This is BULL!!! There needs to be a MASS movement for self-reliance but nobody would do it. People are too weak and need to depend on their $400,000 houses and SUV’s and cellphones and MONEYYYYY.
    Some people are so poor all they have is money. I would LOVE to go “off the grid” and fend for myself, I know I could. Just like that kid in “My Side Of The Mountain”. Materialism SUX!
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  17. No, this is the 9 Harbingers. We brought Isaiah 9:10 on ourselves by making among other things, “the vow of defiance” and then suffered through the Schmeeta and it isn’t over yet if we do not turn from our evil ways and re-dedicate America back to God and live our lives giving God honor and reverence instead of worthless crap that we worship in our everyday lives.

  18. It is not the Republicans, it is not only large corporations. Things like this happen because of the UN’s agenda 21.

    In fact even as far back as the Clinton era The UN had special conferences where Mayors and city officials of large were informed that if it came to a conflict, they should enforce UN regulations even if it conflicted with state and/or county laws!
    Now Agenda 21 is an extension of that philosophy originating from the UN. Do a search on Agenda 21 for yourself.

  19. This was probably her neighbors complaining about her property constantly to the police. If she truly followed the ordinances in place, shame on the police for taking such actions. But, if you live in an urbanized location you have to realize you’re dealing with other homeowners and associations and a whole bunch of other problems.
    People don’t want to live across the street from the overgrown lawn that attracts insects, rats, and other pests. They groom their lawns and maintain an image for the neighborhood. By all means, live your life off your land, just do it a little further away from the city and with more room than a quarter acre lot that your neighbors have to deal with.

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