Around 250 families are already growing tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, beets and other fruits and vegetables at one of the 11 sites operated by the Community Crops Gardens program. The sites include private vacant lots, church land and this year at Peter Pan Park. The 13,000-square-foot space is the largest site so far and the first owned by the city.
Program manager Ben McShane-Jewell says there are always more people who want to garden than land available.
He says gardeners in the program grew more than 14 tons of food last year.