South Bronx initiative inspires green thumbs

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The South Bronx’s Mott Haven neighborhood, an unlikely spot for agricultural crops, is now sprouting lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and all manner of herbs, thanks to a collaborative effort including the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, For A Better Bronx and a city parks organization, Greenthumb NYC. The garden, La Finca Del Sur, located in a swatch of land near 138th Street and the Major Deegan Expressway, was created in part to fill the void of green space in the South Bronx. “There is little green space in the South Bronx, despite there being a real need in the community,” Regina Ginyard, a volunteer, said. “This is a place where local children can learn about farming and nature.”