The Woodlawn Inspired Garden was started in 2014 by Pastor Monte Rollerson of the South Side Gospel Church, who hoped to repurpose the vacant lot directly across the street from the Church. He requested ownership of the land from Alderman Willie Cochran, who was known for being supportive of community gardens in the ward and thus in Woodlawn. Together, with the help of numerous service projects, the Inspired Garden was created; raised beds were lined with wooden planks, lot markers were painted, all previous litter in the space was cleared. Inspired is a relatively small garden, last year was its first official year, and it only had five permanent members. However, most of the gardeners are African-American Woodlawn residents. In fact, only one gardener is not a resident of the neighborhood. It may be small, but it is strong in its effort to truly serve the Woodlawn community.