J.R. Murphy farms an organic garden on several vacant lots in the Vine City neighborhood of Atlanta.
This is one of the city’s most economically depressed, high crime areas. It also happens to be where Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and raised his family back in the sixties.
J.R.’s garden is one of the only beacons of hope in an otherwise hopeless environment and it seems that he’s alone in his quest to bring something positive to the community.
BW: Why are you doing this alone? It’d be great if you could get some of the kids in the neighborhood to help.
JR: They’re too busy stealing bikes and holding up people.
BW: There’s got to be a couple of kids that would be into it.
JR: I tried to get the parents involved so that they would get the kids involved. Problem is, the kids have to be the parents while the parents run around acting like fools.