Chicago Police Officer’s West Side Garden

Deronis Cooper has been growing his award-winning garden in Garfield Park for 10 years. The home has become a selfie destination in the neighborhood. His grandmother, Olive Vinson, is someone he remembers always taking him under her wing. He doesn’t plan to grow vegetables like she did, but he does feel a rush of excitement being in his own garden, just like he did being in his grandmother’s.

09/29/23 8:29AM