Raised in the inner city, it’s a miracle I found a love affair with Mother Nature. But experiencing in adulthood the healing properties of dirt and the magic of growing one’s own food, I’m now a disciple! I am committed to fostering environments where neighbors in predominantly Black communities can collectively and horizontally dream and build. This project centers Troy’s most marginalized; us on the fringes of a rapidly gentrifying city. It strives to foster space where all generations can enjoy the physiological and non-tangible benefits of nature and the cultivation of food, herbs, and flowers as acts of self-determination and interdependence.