September 7, 2019, 10-11:30 AM
Locations: We will make two stops on this tour.
A refugee church garden interest tour.
For church leaders or community member who are curious about converting your lawns to gardens for refugees; opening your property and hearts to new neighbors.
Stories of Refugee Church Gardening and Friendship:
How do you measure seasons of friendship?
Is it through life changing events like weddings and the birth of babies?
Or common celebrations like birthday parties and backyard barbecues?
A little part of me came back alive – I love to garden, it is a part of my Karen culture…For Boe Boe and Jeff, their friendship often revolves around the seasons of the church garden.
“I have my garden and I have my church; I feel like I am a part of Mosaic,” said Boe Boe.
Bhutanese Gardeners Enjoy Refugee Church Garden Program
Before any soil was tilled. With just stakes in the ground. Community members ran to what would soon become a garden on the grounds of Mosaic Christian Community in St. Paul, to claim their spaces.
“Their smiles and enthusiasm were amazing,” said Pastor Jeff O’Rourke, Mosaic Christian Community.
“Gardening is very important to my mom, she grew up on a farm in Bhutan, and spend the first 35 years of her life gardeningMany of these Bhutanese refugees who resettled in east St. Paul, haven’t gardened in decades. Land hadn’t been made available to these displaced people since before they spent decades waiting in a refugee camp, and before their journey to America.
“Gardening is very important to my mom, she grew up on a farm in Bhutan, and spend the first 35 years of her life gardening. But she didn’t have land to work with at the refugee camp in Nepal, nor at her apartment complex in St. Paul, MN,” said Durga about her mom Ran Gurung. Read more here.