Go Green: Green Visions

A program in Rochester is beautifying vacant lots and at the same time teaching young people important work skills.

One by one, plants are breathing new life into a vacant lot in Rochester's Josana neighborhood. These gardeners are all part of a program called Green Visions, that is now in it's second year. Tiani Jennings was in the program last year and returned this year as a site manager. She knows all the hard work will pay off.

"It was a great, great program, and I see the change it made in the neighborhood and I figure I have be involved again," Jennings said. "We are taking contaminents out of the soil through flowers so hopefully we can grow fruits and vegetables someday."

News 8 first caught up with the program last fall. Since then it has doubled in size. When the flowers bloom, they are cut and sold at the public market.

"They are using flowers and plants that are called hyper accumulators which essentially soak in toxins from the soil," Green Visions project manager Morgan Barry said.

One way they are improving the soil is with organic fertilizer donated by worm power. 

"You can see the work that is being done, they have already got a lot in the ground and we are just happy to be a part of the advancement of the neighborhood," Ted Miller said.

The Green Vision program is looking for the community's help to continue. Right now its accepting donations of money and they are also looking for gardening tools, hand tools in particular.

Any donation we get we will put to use," Green Visions participant Linda Murray said. "Anything you find on this lot, we find a use for."

Green thinking that has a big impact on the community. For more information on the Green Visions Program and how to donate click here.

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