GREEN BAY - Patrick Farrell doesn't like grass.
"You can't eat it," said Farrell, 70, a green-thumbed, retired construction worker.
As proud as the opinionated, former labor union man is of his years on the job, he's just as proud of his front yard garden.
"Over there, you got okra, here's my corn," said Farrell pointing towards his yellow, two-story home on Green Bay's near west side. "This is a eggplant," he said pointing to the tilled plot along James Street, "Yukon gold (potatoes), reds, pole peas, pole beans, every different kind of green pepper there is; six tomato plants."
All of that and more split between six plots.
"They say this is called 'yardening,'" said Farrell.
Farrell gives much of the food he grows away to people in the neighborhood.
But the city has a problem. Not that Farrell's gardening for the community, but where he's doing it; particularly in between the street and sidewalk.
"Well, essentially, in this particular case, he put a garden in an area that the city owns," explained Kail Decker, an attorney for the city of Green Bay. "Just like if someone built a garden on someone else's property, you can ask that person to remove it."
Which is what the city has asked Farrell to do by the end of June.
"Are you?" FOX 11 asked Farrell.
"No," he replied. "Because I don't want to."
The city says it is within its right to remove the garden at any time; however, it doesn't plan to spend a lot of resources on this situation.
"I doubt we'd go the citation route, but that is always an option," said Decker.
The city says it has no problem with the garden on the part of Farrell's property the city doesn't have rights to. The city says if it were to issue a citation, it could cost Farrell more than $600.
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