Green gardens sprouting from vacant lots. Urban farmers hope to grow city’s economy.

Tobias Fox watches a grey cat slink behind a raised garden bed. In a blink, the furry feline nearly pounces on a squirrel digging through garlic cloves.

“It’s like the nature channel,” Fox says with a laugh. “The cats keep us rodent-free.”

Situated next to an abandoned home and in the shadow of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Fox’s urban farm has transformed a once-vacant lot into a space where cucumbers latch to chain-link fences, mint grows wild and all kinds of veggies spring from elevated plant beds.


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