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Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
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Xóchitl Garcia

Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
“Agriculture, for me, is reconnecting with our indigenous ancestors,” says Xóchitl Garcia, who farms land at the Ferry Street community garden in Fair Haven. (Mark Mirko / Connecticut Public)
Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
In the weeds, Xóchitl Garcia clears her 4-by-8-foot plot of land in the Ferry Street community garden in Fair Haven, where there is a waitlist for 56 growing beds. “My parents themselves were farmworkers, but they just called it work,” says Garcia. (Mark Mirko / Connecticut Public)
Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
Preparing to plant, Xóchitl Garcia breathes in the smell of epazote seeds. “Growing up,” she says, “my family made agriculture a taboo subject because it was a method of survival rather than a passion-seeking career.” (Mark Mirko / Connecticut Public)
Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
A mixture of flower seeds rests in the palm of 26-year-old farmer Xóchitl Garcia. (Mark Mirko / Connecticut Public)
Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
Hauling topsoil, Xóchitl Garcia moves through young plants at the Ferry Street community garden in Fair Haven, where there is a waitlist for 56 growing beds. (Mark Mirko / Connecticut Public)
Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
Farm supervisor Billy Flynn and Xóchitl Garcia (left) share a laugh over tomato and pepper plants Flynn gifted Garcia for her plot in a Fair Haven community garden. (Mark Mirko / Connecticut Public)
Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
Gently tapping the soil, Xóchitl Garcia nestles a tomato plant into a new bed at the Fair Haven community garden where she farms. “I actually feel very proud having dirt on me,” she said, “looking all sweaty and tired because this is all my passion and energy that's going into cultivating something." (Mark Mirko / Connecticut Public)
Xochitl Ahtziri Ferry Street Farm New Haven BIPOC
After planting her bed, Xóchitl Garcia hugs her friend Ruth Garcia, one of the founders of the Fair Haven community garden on Ferry Street. (Mark Mirko / Connecticut Public)
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