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She got the [community garden] plot fifteen years ago, as a sanctuary for her son, who is on the autism spectrum. “I have pictures—they slightly break my heart, but they’re all so beautiful—of him just sitting in a chair and looking out, peaceful.” One time, he hid a letter from the mail pile asking for payment of dues, and the garden cops revoked her privileges. “They said, ‘Sorry, those are the rules.’ I literally begged: ‘You don’t understand—this is for my son!’ So I’m careful now.”

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