Seedfolks Summary

In Seedfolks, a group of residents of the Gibb Street area of Cleveland, Ohio, join forces to turn a vacant lot into a vibrant community garden. Kim, a nine-year-old immigrant from Vietnam, unknowingly starts the garden when she plants a few lima beans in memory of her deceased father, who was a farmer. Slowly but surely, culturally diverse residents of the run-down, working-class neighborhood join the effort and begin to plant fruit, vegetables, and flowers in their plots. The gardeners overcome logistical challenges, such as getting the city to remove trash from the lot and securing a source of water for their plants. They also overcome their own stereotypes and the division of the garden along lines of race and national origin, eventually creating a beloved community space that unites and improves the neighborhood.