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Since 2013, HIAS Pennsylvania has worked in collaboration with other agencies and community partners in the city of Philadelphia to provide community gardening options for the refugees we serve. Many refugees are experienced farmers used to growing their own food, and often ask about opportunities to get involved in gardening. With the generous support of others, HIAS Pennsylvania has sought out land for and established three separate refugee community gardens. In addition to being sustainable food sources, these gardens have the added benefit of serving as a way to integrate new residents into existing communities by creating shared activities and spaces to interact with others.
Our first garden was opened in Max Myers Park in Northeast Philadelphia in May 2013. HIAS Pennsylvania staff, Sudanese community members, and volunteers came together to build and fill raised beds as well as buy and plant vegetables. The garden continues to be used by area residents.
The second garden was opened in April 2014 in Northeast Philadelphia, and is run by a group of Bhutanese refugees. With the help of Partners for Sacred Spaces, HIAS Pennsylvania was able to connect the prospective gardeners with the All Saints Episcopal Church in Rhawnhurst. Father Timothy Griffin generously opened a plot on the church’s grounds to Bhutanese community members at no cost, and it is still in use today.
Breaking ground at All Saints
Picking out plants at Max Myers
Setting up the newest garden at Conray Catering
Conray Catering 360 view