It’s a Saturday morning at a formerly vacant lot in Richmond. The sun warms the ground. Rows of fruit trees bend in the breeze. A raised bed made of cinder blocks harbors vegetable plants. Andromeda Brooks carefully plucks weeds from her raspberry patch, offering the young plants encouragement. This is Happy Lot Farm and Garden.
Less than a year ago, this 14,000-square-foot lot, zoned for low-income housing, lay empty, except for the litter.
“Nothing has really been done on the lot for well over ten years,” says Brooks.