The Flower Scout garden was once an abandoned lot in the Little Italy neighborhood of Troy, NY. When I purchased it from the city in 2014, it was strewn with garbage, overgrown with weeds, and, come to find out, the soil was mostly made up of bricks and slate. Four years later, it's a lush oasis, whose fertility makes possible a 20-member summer CSA.
You can read more about the garden and the process of improving it here and here, and click through photos of a midsummer day below.
(photos by Danielle Stevens; taken in August, 2017)