Elderly Man Transforms North Philly Lots Into Luscious Gardens - Fox 2 News Headlines

Elderly Man Transforms North Philly Lots Into Luscious Gardens

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

An elderly man transformed some abandoned lots in his North Philadelphia neighborhood into a beautiful green space.

Summer in the inner city. Where a sidewalk substitutes for a backyard, because a patch of green is hard to come by.

"Tomatoes, sweet peppers," are not the usual words you hear. But sometimes the city surprises you.

"I use this here to scare the birds..." according to Domingo Caraballo, City Farmer. "I see them and I shake it, and they fly! Oh, they go up."

"If they eat the flowers I can't get no beans!" he adds.

Domingo Caraballo is growing several different kinds of beans, and tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, peaches, plums, cherries.

He even has an apple tree.

The Puerto Rican native is farming on what would have been a couple of abandoned lots, in the middle of North Philly.

According to Isabel Torres, a Neighbor, "It's amazing, right? In this neighborhood? Nobody ever touches his garden, nobody. Because everybody knows him for years."

"There's my house," says Caraballo as he points to his place of dwelling. Caraballo moved here in 1962. After he retired, he took over the lots, with the city's permission. The 81-year-old says it's kept him alive.

"The city take over of me, this, I'll die... I'll die," says Caraballo.

He works the land seven days a week.

"All by myself. My son, my daughters don't even walk in here. They eat 'em, whatever I got they eat 'em."

So do his neighbors, who otherwise might not have the money to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Caraballo doesn't charge them a cent.

"They're not used to it, you know what I mean? Fresh fresh fruits,"says Caraballo. "Fresh beans... just delicious."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Fire Breaks Out At Dry-Cleaning Business In Roxborough

    Fire Breaks Out At Dry-Cleaning Business In Roxborough

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:44:29 GMT
    Fire crews respond to the scene right now of a fire at Ridge Avenue and Walnut Lane in Roxborough.
    Fire crews respond to the scene right now of a fire at Ridge Avenue and Walnut Lane in Roxborough.
  • Revel Hotel Casino Begins 2-Day Shutdown

    Revel Hotel Casino Begins 2-Day Shutdown

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:31:50 GMT

    It is the beginning of the end for Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino. The hotel shuts down Monday morning, and early Tuesday the casino will follow.

    It is the beginning of the end for Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino. The hotel shuts down Monday morning, and early Tuesday the casino will follow.


  • After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

    After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:24 AM EDT2014-09-01 05:24:50 GMT
    The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices