What an amazing article!
NeighborWorks America is a fast-growing network of over 240 grassroots local community organizations using strength in numbers to get things done. Read their profile of Ashbury Sprouts’ founder Sandra Robertson on their website. See below for some of the highlights:
“When Robertson moved into the Glenville neighborhood of the city in 1983, it was a food desert and vacant lots marked the area—a consequence of the blight and demolitions triggered by the housing crisis. What better way to use some of the land, Robertson thought, than for a garden the whole neighborhood could contribute to and enjoy?”
“Meanwhile, Robertson’s dedication and enthusiasm for gardening and community outreach has proven infectious. Glenville and other predominately African-American communities have suffered from black professional flight, with graduates either moving to the suburbs or out of the city completely.Her son, Alex, however has become a strong leader in the community and has established several youth programs of his own. Cleveland Recess, for example, uses vacant lots for pop-up sports events.”
And check out the cool video they made of Sandra and Ashbury Sprouts!