FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Karl Tricamo has been living along Louisa Avenue in Ferguson for about seven months now and he loves to grow his own food. But according to the city he’s breaking city codes.
Tricamo wants to continue growing organic foods for his 3-month-old son Kae but there’s a problem. According to the city of Ferguson he’s breaking city codes. He has tomatoes, corn and other foods planted in his front yard. He says the city is threatening to tear his garden down. As for neighbors, he claims many are on his side.
“There was an alleged complaint said by code enforcement since their first arrival, since then they’ve been on me to cease the garden,” said Tricamo. “I’d like to feed my son food that’s not poisoned. I enjoy it. It’s a hobby of mine. It’s all heirloom non-modified non-hybrid seed.”
Since March the family has received five visits from code enforcement, along with letters from the city saying he needs to take the garden plants down and replace his grass to fit minimum standards. According to the city the neighborhood is not zoned for agricultural use.
FOX 2 called the city manager’s office about this issue and they said:
“We had no intention of tearing the garden down. Code enforcement is checking the garden to see if the owners have complied with the seeding and plant ordinance warnings. They will have the opportunity to plead their case to a judge.”
Tricamo has not gotten any citations for the garden, just warnings so far. He’s hoping to have his day in court to prove his case.