1-acre “farm” owners face jail in Lantzville, BC

Though cities across North America have changed their bylaws to support “urban agriculture” as a legitimate home-based business that supports local economies and food security, the Lantzville Council on Vancouver Island wants to put these one-acre gardeners in jail for violating zoning laws, though they live in a semi-rural area, with cows and horses three doors down from them.

Dirk Becker and Nicole Shaw live on 2½ acres, but have dedicated only one to gardening.  Grounded News headed over to the island to film Dirk Becker who runs Compassion Farm, and who is curently facing possable jail time for what he does…growing food.

Lantzville Council is proceeding with legal action — taking the Beckers to court to shut down their “urban” farm which is located in a semi-rural area, on a dead end road.

The Beckers transformed their property from essentially a gravel pit (created by the previous owner who strip-mined, removing soil, sand and gravel, lowering the level of the property three to five feet) to a lush oasis of life.

They have received certification from the Canadian Wildlife Federation for creating “Backyard Habitat” for wildlife. They also shared with council information about what they do, how they do it, along with links and videos on “urban farming,” the “urban farming movement” and the “local food movement.”


Dirk and Nicole wrote a detailed piece on these events, extracted below:

“You have 90 days to cease all agricultural activity…” read the letter from the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), on behalf of the District of Lantzville. “Your property is zoned Residential 1, which allows residential use and Home Based Business only.”

With the subsequent public outcry and media storm across Canada, we’ve witnessed how important this issue is to people.

You can help them by contacting them at compassion@telus.net, or 250.390.5199, or by contacting the authorities:

Contact info:

District of Lantzville Councilor’s phone numbers and email addresses:


Mayor Colin Haime said this email should also be used:  council@lantzville.ca

Regional District of Nanaimo Board of Directors phone numbers, mailing and email addresses: http://www.rdn.bc.ca/cms.asp?wpID=1886


Related: Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead

13 responses to “1-acre “farm” owners face jail in Lantzville, BC

  1. Does anyone have a barf bag I can use?

  2. Absolutley outrageous. THIS IS NOT CRIME>

  3. It’s a “crime” to take $ away from corporate farms- they are making an “example” out of these wonderful people. Fascism is scary. People all over should take note of this and RUSH to get laws passed to protect their water rights, right to grow food, etc, as corporations are taking these rights away as we speak.

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  5. disgusting. They don’t want food to be grown that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals, pesticides or any genetically modified organisms. Why? Because then people would be healthy of course! God only knows that there is no money to be made when people are actually HEALTHY! People as a whole NEED to stand up right now. Or else god only knows what is going to happen to us. Unfortunately this kind of shit is happening everyday and the majority of people don’t seem to get it…

  6. It’s not about aesthetics, or appropriate land usage, or healthy food, or the dangers of GMO, or the nuisance of pests, or any of that. It’s about two things:

    * petty jealousy
    * power

    This is what western civilization is reduced to: Your neighbor is productive, happy, and free. You resent the crap out of him, because of it. So, you find someone with a gun, and you threaten him.

    • Agreed. The neighbours and council didn’t seem to care at all when the property was ugly, mined to it’s base gravel, and completely unusable. If the same action had been taken on the previous owner, the land would have still had it’s topsoil.

    • /\ that /\ …a million times over

  7. IT’S TIME TO GET BACK TO THE GARDEN that the Creator gave us when the Earth was Created. Anyone against this is Anti-God…
    Geed will come knocking for it’s Karmic due, so NO ONE get’s away with this oppression! The whole idea is how dangerous a mind can be when it feels someone is lessening their optimal greed!

  8. Simply ridiculous. Wtf

  9. “They Forbid …. and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.” 1 Timothy Chapter 4 verse 3 Written over 2000 years ago.

  10. Agenda 21 is everywhere….

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