Queen Frye and Michael Kuykindall founded R. Roots Garden in north Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, turning four vacant lots into an explosion of vegetables. Their gardens bring people together and give back to a community that faces systemic challenges to accessing healthy foods. Across Minneapolis, gardens have been popping up in vacant lots with increasing frequency. The city now encourages sanctioned vegetable gardening in almost any spot from park-owned land to community gardens to abandoned or vacant lots. It's more than just growing a garden. It's about building relationships, learning people's food stories, learning people's food stories and providing access to having better options and a better way of life, even, said Frye.

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