I believe that in immigrant and low-income communities we don't feel we have the power to create change. We see vacant lots and keep walking. We see garbage ridden underpasses and keep walking. We see inequity and keep walking. It's just part of our everyday life.
As a community gardener I find abandoned spaces, work with the community to see a better future for the space, and then include it in planting and growing the spaces.
On my way to work I stop off at a garden I have worked on to make sure it is still thriving. When I see a garden starting to regress, I work with the community to help it grow again. This isn't always easy and I have my share of failures, but I learn and grow with each one.