I grew french beans and potatoes in my front garden for the first time this year. Apparently, in a North England Town the citizens plant veg in public places and anyone can help themselves to free food. Brillliant idea.
Very! In the book the Fifth Sacred Thing, they take over San Francisco and dig up the roads and redirect rivers to flow down them, and plant fruit bearing trees and veg all along the streets so that every one can do just that. It's a great utopic/disutopic book
The aspect I object to is the concept that someone else would have control over what I do on my property! As long as it does not constitute a major nuisance or hazard to others, I am free to do whatever I want in my house and garden. I would not dream of buying a property that had such strings attached.
I suppose it's different if you are talking about rented property, where the landlord is the one who decides what is permitted.
That is why my first priority was always to get to a position where I own my house and NOBODY can tell me what I can or cannot do in it.
As for public spaces, I think communal beds with fruit and vegetables are a great idea. In Cuba, residents of high-rise block in Havana cultivate the land around their buildings and share out the harvests among themselves.
I obviously can't post a link to my own hub here, but there are a couple of villages in the UK that have started growing vegetables in all sorts of public places, e.g. flower beds, graveyards, containers by bus stops etc. The vegetable plants are grown and donated by locals, and the fully grown veg are free to anyone to pick and take home. I hubbed on the villages because I found the concept fascinating, and felt that not only did it bring the community closer together, but it was a fabulous way to provide free food for all. (Todmorden and Huddersfield are the two villages).
I grow my own fruit and vegetables on a plot of land that I rent. In the UK we call these areas for growing fruit and vegetables allotments. I had written hubs about it but unpublished them and moved them elsewhere. If I were going to grow vegetables in my front garden I would probably have a potager-style garden as they can look neat and attractive. You can even combine the fruit and vegetables with growing herbs and flowering plants.
An unkempt vegetable patch in a front garden may not be an ideal situation, so a certain amount of skillful planning and upkeep is needed.
I am currently in the process of banning all grass on my property. I have the front almost completely cleared of grass. I plan to plant spinach, cabbage, onions, green peppers, etc., mixed with various edible flowers next year. In my town, people don't seem to mind.