Toil for the Soil—Makeshift
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Houston’s community gardeners are seeking arable land on an industrial landscape

— Toil for the Soil

09. Navigation Local Hunts
A chemical flare near a home in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood, where residents and community organizers are building an urban gardening movement
At a community garden bathed in fluorescent streetlights, a midnight raid unfolds.

Jorge Lugo and five friends have come to salvage the garden’s dirt and plants before they’re bulldozed to make way for upscale townhouse apartments. They scramble out of a pickup truck and van, wielding shovels. In Jorge’s neighborhood on the East End of Houston, Texas—home to the world’s largest refining and petrochemical complex—soil quality is questionable. Here, away from the mega-facilities, it’s relatively clean.

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