From the archives: February 18, 2011
We had our first community garden meeting this week! Four Karen and Karenni refugees attended the meeting, and we spent an hour getting to know each other and talking about the garden. We will meet again next month, and everyone is going to talk to their friends and neighbors about joining the new garden!
Law Paw, a gardener from Rolling Hills, volunteered to be our translator. Thank you, Law Paw! She shared some stories from the Rolling Hills garden and talked about her experiences gardening in Minnesota. Everyone who came to the meeting has experience farming or gardening, but no one has gardened in Minnesota before. One of the families moved here 9 months ago, and everyone else came here more recently. We were all excited to talk about spring and growing a garden after a long, cold winter!
For me, one of the meeting highlights was talking to the gardeners about the fruits and vegetables from home that they haven’t been able to find in the US. There were a lot of vegetables that I’m not familiar with, and I can’t wait to see what everyone grows! Law Paw told us that we might be able to find seeds at Hmong stores. I am hopeful that the community garden will both help the gardeners feel more at home in Minnesota while also giving them a connection to their homes in Burma.
As the gardeners spread the word about the garden and think about how they want their garden to be, the organizers are busy looking for for sources of plants, seeds, and tools. Let us know if you have any ideas!