With support from the Boston Food Forest Coalition, the Ellington Street community turned a neglected city lot into a food forest. By growing food, fruit trees, and berry vines, and by creating a community gathering space, Ellington’s community food forest is strengthening the connection between people and food. It is a combination of a food forest and raised beds, some gardened by residents while others are for communal use. The area is also used for celebrations and workshops, workdays and barbecues. Last year, Ellington unveiled a stunning mosaic of a heart centered tree created by Zahirah Truth. It speaks to the heart connection and rootedness of the garden, the connection of all involved, the strength of community. It is a place of peace where anyone is welcome to connect with nature, to relax in the gazebo, to have a picnic while their children play in the sandbox, and to grow their own food as well as food for others.