Tag Archives: refugee resettlement

It’s Their Garden

From the Archives– August, 2010 ST. PAUL, MN – “How did the Fresh Start Garden get started?” That was the question I recently asked Liz Mason, VISTA Leader, from the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC). We met mid-morning in the garden and were admiring the swelling orange squash and climbing bean shoots that were putting a chokehold on neighboring plants. “Well, it didn’t take much,” Mason replied. According to Mason, it all began with an offhand remark from the property manager at Rolling Hills, who mentioned that they were open to a vegetable garden at the apartments. It was a golden opportunity for Mason, who was then working closely with landlords as a Housing Resource Developer. She knew that a garden would enrich the housing experience for her refugee clients living at Rolling Hills, many of whom are Karen refugees from Burma. According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, over … Continue reading

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Fresh Start

Garden Post from the Archives: July 21, 2010 ST. PAUL, MN “The garden is good,” said Law Paw. “The garden gives us fun, it gives us a community, it gives us a relationship with others.”   Paw is one of 15 Karen refugee women who began growing vegetables this summer in her ‘own backyard’ at Rolling Hills Apartment complex. The garden is a project of the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC), a refugee resettlement agency based in Minneapolis, who has teamed up with Rolling Hills property management to create a new vegetable garden for residents. Due to her English speaking ability, Paw has emerged as a garden leader and liaison with MCC and Rolling Hills property management. “Before the garden, I never think we have an opportunity to plant (in America),” said Paw. Law Paw is a leader at Fresh Start Garden. The gardeners, mostly Karen refugees from Burma, have … Continue reading

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A beautiful garden shed

The Flandrau Refugee Community Garden got a great surprise recently – a beautiful, home-made tool shed! Previously, we had been storing tools in a closet in one of the apartment buildings, so the gardeners were all thrilled to have an easier, more accessible place to store their garden tools and hose. A men’s ministry group from the SW Minnesota Synod of the ELCA build the shed for the garden as part of the synod assembly on June 10. Thank you for all your hard work!

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Book article in the Strib!

Allie Shah, a reporter for the Star Tribune, wrote an article about This Much I Can Tell You.  The article was printed in the Saturday print issue and is also posted online. Click here to view the digital version. We love it when newspapers or other media outlets report on our book. These remarkable stories benefit greatly from this kind of media exposure. If you know somebody in the media, consider telling them about This Much I Can Tell You and pitching it as a story idea for their publication. Let us know if you do!

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Community Garden Fundraiser

From the archives: April 11, 2011 THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the community fundraiser for the Refugee Community Garden Project last night at Pizza Luce St. Paul!  We (and all the gardeners) really appreciate your support.  We don’t know how we did yet, but many friends came out to enjoy delicious pizza with us! We are very grateful to Pizza Luce for holding this fundraiser!

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New book endorsement

Julia Dinsmore, author of My Name is Child of God, not “Those People”, has endorsed our book! Julia is a local advocate for ending homelessness, a poet, a songwriter and a grandmother. Thanks for making time to read our book, Julia, and for your beautiful words! Your own life and work is an inspiration to us.

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