Second Groundbreaking

Two young gardeners hard at work

From the archives: May 10, 2011

We broke ground at the second (yet to be named) community garden in District 2 this Saturday.  It was a beautiful sunny day, and many refugee families and neighbors came out to dig up the grass and turn a vacant lot into a community garden! Several of the gardeners were farmers in their home countries (including Burma, Iraq and Ethiopia), and they got their plots ready and planted in record time before helping their neighbors dig.  It was a great day to be working outside together, enjoying the spring and the promise of fresh veggies.

The whole group after a hard morning of digging!

In addition to the families, we had several great volunteers come out to help dig!  Volunteer groups came from the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) and a Taking Root, an interfaith refugee sponsorship program through the Minnesota Council of Churches.   The Taking Root group is sponsoring a recently arrived Karen family who is living in the Flandrau apartments next to the garden.  Ker Ner was a farmer at home, and he and his wife Paw Tar Shu are expecting their first child this month!  Sue from the District 2 Community Council also came out to help sign people up, dig up plots, and teach the kids how to transplant day lilies.  It was a great day, and we can’t wait to go back for planting day at the end of the month!

Basil and his son work in their plot

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