In the 1980s, trafficking in crack cocaine and other criminal activities plagued Charlotte's Wilmore neighborhood. The tight-knit residents knew they had to act. In the 1990s, plans for a neighborhood community center took shape. A local nonprofit agency called Charlotte Green approached the residents with the idea of developing a community garden, where neighbors could cultivate vegetables, herbs, flowers, and, most importantly, strong bonds that would help bring the neighborhood back to what it once was. In 2006, there are seven community gardens in Charlotte, and the Wilmore Community Garden, started in 1991, is still growing strong. The project cultivates more than vegetables as members of the older generation share their oral histories with their younger neighbors.