(Memphis) A community garden just opened in Frayser, an area known for blight and crime.
A group of people who put in the elbow grease to build the garden is hoping to change the perception.
The Blight Patrol is know for cleaning up their neighborhood, but they did much more than that on Friday.
“My idea was to come up with a garden I felt that would help the community out at the same time,” William Hence said.
Hence is the brains behind the community garden.
“My last criminal crime was trafficking marijuana and cultivating marijuana so I’ve always been good at growing things,” Hence explained.
With his kids by his side, Hence put down the weed and started killing the ones growing in his garden.
Each planter is dedicated to someone the community has lost and hopes they are now making them proud.
As the tears fall from their eyes and hit the dirt below, it is a reminder of why they want to make a difference for the next generation.
“We wanted to give the neighborhood a place that was safe and quiet,” DeAndre Brown, Executive Director of Lifeline 2 Success, said. “Where some of our seniors can come and relax, the children could come and play. We’re trying to enrich the beauty of our neighborhood,” he said.
The group is not just growing cucumbers and tomatoes — they are growing a community.
Lifeline 2 Success is asking everyone in the neighborhood to pitch in and enjoy the garden.
Their hope is that the garden will be a safe place for families to be outside and enjoy the community.