Malissa is really doing something special. The plot she is working on is in an area that a lot of people would not be comfortable venturing into, a rough part of Chicago. Despite some of the difficulties she has had in getting the community garden started, the fact that she is there tending, weeding, being available to people that walk by, that really makes a point. There is still living earth underneath the paved over and ugly surfaces, just waiting to be tilled, to be fruitful.
People are like this too.