Anna E. Evans-Goldstein grew up watching her father garden and her mother keep their house green with plants. She spent time in Madagascar, where she witnessed a culture transitioning away from agricultural living, and Cambodia, where farming is a fatal occupation as mines from the Khmer Rouge still litter the countryside. In Portland, OR, for college, Anna experienced what can happen in a city where everyone has a green thumb and the rain never stops. Now she is back in her home town of Baltimore working for the City Mayor's Office on an initiative called Power In Dirt
. This new program builds capacity in blighted city neighborhoods for communities and residents to adopt vacant lots and turn them into community-managed green spaces.