SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many young people were recognized Saturday for their hard work in giving Springfield residents access to healthy, fresh food.

Organizers of the program “Gardening the Community” held their 14th annual recognition breakfast at Springfield’s Trinity United Methodist Church

As a result of their work, volunteers have turned empty inner city lots into productive garden spots. For several years, they’ve been growing food in the Old Hill and Six Corners neighborhoods.

Elizabeth O’Gilvie of Gardening the Community told 22News, “Over the years, we evolved from a very tiny grass roots organization having volunteering young people over the course of the year. We’ve commandeered urban lots so we could grow food.”

The young volunteers say they’re excited about their next project; creating a farm stand near the greenhouse that becomes operational in 2017.