Adjacent to Compton Creek is a small fertile community garden at Raymond Street Park with an abundance of vegetables thanks in part to the care of retired landscaper Mildred Johnson. Mildred works with local seniors to cultivate, plant and harvest the garden, regularly rotating vegetables based on seasons. Perhaps a deliberate homage to the agricultural history of Richland Farms, the garden sits in an area where the Compton Creek was once continually flooded, so the soil there provides valuable nutrients. It is that same soil, once laden with sugar beets, cauliflower, and pumpkins that continues feeding generations in Richland Farms.
About the Raymond Park Garden
"We began with corn, tomatoes, cabbage... We had some lettuce, kale, bok choy, collard greens, zucchini, bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower..."
"Its all about the preparation of the soil..."