Though convicted and fined by District Judge Robert Hawke, Hirsch appealed. Then prominent municipal attorney Gary Asteak, reading about the case, agreed to represent Hirsch pro bono. After discussing the matter with Lehigh Township Solicitor Dave Backenstoe, the case has been dropped. To save face for a zoning officer who failed to do her job, Backenstoe states that all weeds have now been removed. The truth is there were never any weeds there. Just crops. But the important point is that the charges have been dropped and Hirsch is free to continue growing food instead of grass, which Hirsch calls a "green desert."
Unknown to Hirsch, a petition drive was organized on his behalf by Freya Harris, called "Let Karl Hirsch Grow His Garden." He collected nearly 15,000 signatures worldwide.
Stefano Stronati, from Italy, is one of them. He suggests that we in Northampton County should have more sex. "It works, trust me," he says. I'm all for that, Stefano.
A Brit, Bethany Heard, gives a very English response. "As long as he keeps it tidy, and everything grown in it is legal, where's the harm?" Jolly good. Another Englishman waxed on about his delicious nettle soup, although I believe most British cuisine was invented on a dare.
Then we have a Russian, Julia Sergueeva, complain about "zoning gibberish." This is one former (wink, wink) Commie who should join the tea party.
Priscilla Jinabhai, from South Africa, said it best. "We need more Karl Hirshes in this world."