Harvesting food and jobs from once-vacant lots

Ballou Avenue is one of those Dorchester streets that can easily be overlooked. Tucked along the Fairmount Line tracks to the southwest of Codman Square, it’s a residential street with some very nice homes. But until recently, it was also home to a barren, 20,000 square-foot empty lot that was a weed-infested, trash-strewn eyesore.

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