The community garden
The community garden
A couple from Cape Verde work in the community garden on Coleman Street.
Friends Kaori Tate, 10, left, and Ghiyahna Ennis, 11, share a plot in the garden on Coleman Street. They help other gardeners and water for them when their plots look dry. On this June night, the garden was full of people, many of them planting vegetables.
Jhana Senxian got ready for the main event — the garden party in August. She picked the green tomatoes to save them from advancing tomato blight. A neighbor has promised to fry them up for the party in three days’ time.
Aydanne Morgan Grant, 17 months, who lives in the neighborhood, pranced around a bountiful garden during a party there in August.
Jhana Senxian, right, in the garden with her neighbor Kaori Tate, left. The 10-year-old, a gardener and gifted track runner, became one of the people Jhana relies on for help.
Probationers like Alexis Mills work in the garden to fulfill their community service requirement.
Jhana Senxian leads city officials on a tour of the garden in July, updating them on her progress in improving it and reminding them of the needs of the street's residents.
Ghiyahna Ennis, 11, tended her garden plot, which she shares with her sister and a friend on the street. The boy on the right is a cousin, Timari Taylor, 6.
Floyd Odom, one of the neighbors of the community garden on Coleman Street, stepped up as a leader there this summer, bringing residents together as a team and playing a key role in planning several garden parties.
One July afternoon Jhana Senxian packed up stakes without having used them, after no one showed up to help her stake tomatoes in the garden.
Kaori Tate, 10, smells the hot peppers she grew in the garden, which her father will put in a jar with vinegar to pickle.
Activist Jhana Senxian worked all summer with her neighbors to revive the garden, then planned a party to show off their work in August.
From left: Yarin Mejia, 7, Isabel Valdez, 7, and Estela Rosario worked the garden in June.
John Oliver, 59, harvests his peas and collard greens at the Coleman Street garden in August.
After weeks of work to bring her street and her neighbors together, Jhana Senxian, was finally ready in August to plant flowers on the sidewalks of Coleman Street. She worked alongside Donald Aaron.
Jhana Senxian, left, founder of the Coleman Street Neighbors Association, served food in the community garden during a block party in September.
Megan Sonderegger, center, harvested tomatoes with children in August at the community garden on Coleman Street.