By Al Jones

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — It’s an extreme makeover of a backyard variety.

The backyard of an ailing 80-year-old woman in East New York is being turned into an oasis of green.

What was essentially a 50 by 50 foot overgrown mess behind the Montauk Avenue home was being converted into a huge vegetable garden.

Allison, who lived next door to the woman, said she asked the United Community Center to clean out the yard and do the project as a surprise for her.

“It was like a tornado came through, but only did good things,” Allison told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones. “It pretty much looked like a garbage dump and the kids came in one day and moved just about everything,” she said.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Speaks To Some Of The Volunteers Making The Project Possible

Those kids are teens who are volunteering their time. The produce grown in the yard will be sold in the center’s farmers market.

“It is lot of work, of course, it’s like ‘oh my gosh,’ we started from scratch and we just worked it,” one of the teens, Celeste, said.

“It’s an important thing that we help out the community by helping other people,” said another volunteer named Ricardo.

The vegetable garden will also feature a display of flowers for the woman to enjoy once her health recovers.

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