Personal resilience is essential to getting through the COVID-19 pandemic in good health.

That’s why many Atlanta residents are creating urban gardens to make sure they have access to nutritional food – food that may be in short supply or too expensive at local grocery stores.

Westside Atlanta resident Carnell Thomas is in his 60’s. He had heart surgery several years ago and learned from his doctor that fresh vegetables are critical to wellness. That’s why you can find him working in the turned earth outside his home.

The heat may be brutal, but Thomas knows from experience that the hard work will be worth it when his vegetables start to flourish. We asked him what it takes to make the garden grow.