This community garden was organized by Matt Potteiger of SUNY ESF in collaboration with neighborhood residents. It's not far from where I'll be working. As I mentioned before there are lots of refugees from around the world here and they tend to have strong agricultural traditions. The raised beds are intended to prevent lead exposure from the contaminated urban soils. Not everyone is aware of the risk and many, like the woman below, plant vegetables in their small side yards.
And some people like the gardens just find, but don't like what else they see going on in the area near the garden. When I asked what all they said was "drugs, lots of drugs."