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Published on Oct 23, 2012
The English Avenue Urban Farm was implemented by the non-profit organization, the Friends of English Avenue. Installing a Community Urban Farm on a vacant lot fulfills two of our organization's objectives at once: green space development and crime reduction. Studies over a three-decade period have revealed that vandalism decreases noticeably in communities, neighborhoods, and housing projects where landscaping projects are promoted. Transforming an unused grass field into a beautiful urban farm enhances the environment, provides nutrition, and turns a magnet for criminal activity into a positive place for residents to gather. Providing residents with hands on learning opportunities about soil preparation, seed planting, pruning, harvesting, and the value of nutrition empowers them to be a part of the ongoing, sustainable change occurring in their community.