Resiliency Gardens

Duron Chavis, a seasoned organizer and food justice advocate, studied geographic information system maps of Richmond, his hometown, paying close attention to the Southside, his neighborhood. The data made perfect sense, he said—the hot spots for chronic disease were roughly the same areas on the map where people had limited access to healthy food. Chavis quickly mobilized resources to jump-start Resiliency Gardens at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and began distributing raised beds directly to people’s yards throughout the city.