Early morning rain showers did not stop volunteers on Walnut Street.
Gardening the Community (GTC) spent the day cleaning out vacant lots that they had purchased from the city just last month.
The organization grows food for those in the community that have difficulty getting it.
GTC has between 12 and 18 participants in their youth development program this summer.
Organizers were pleased with Saturday's turnout.
"Vacant lots can become a real asset if used in a creative way and our young people are tremendous assets," said Anne Richmond, program director of GTC. "They have a lot to offer this community if given a chance."
"A lot of people in this community don't have access to food and so community gardens like this definitely help rectify the food desert problem we have here," said Kyle Richmond-Crosset, a GTC volunteer.
The Walnut Street location is the only land in Springfield owned by a non-profit grassroots organization strictly for the purpose of sustainable agriculture, education and youth development.
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