Gardens for Refugees

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Jewish Vocational Service’s new program Global Gardens provides land, tools, seeds, and plants to increase healthy eating and exercise and decrease social isolation among refugees served by JVS. Karen and Nepali refugees participating this year have attended gardening workshops at JVS throughout the winter and are now preparing their plots in northeast Kansas City. The program lead Betsy Thomas welcomes volunteers to pitch in during workdays this spring, including this weekend:

We will be in the gardens again this Saturday to continue the work, and to get some seeds and transplants in the ground! We can plant cool-season crops right now – radishes, onions, potatoes, turnips, peas, cilantro, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and carrots, just to name a few!

One project we will be working on Saturday morning is PVC pipe installation, to bring the water access closer to the garden plots. We have an amazing volunteer doing this for us, but we could use an extra pair of hands to help out – you don’t need to have any experience with PVC, just be able to hold things and take directions.

You are welcome to join us for any part of the workday this Saturday, March 28. We will work in one garden from about 9:00 am to Noon. Then we will be at the other garden from about 2:00 until 5:00 pm.

The program is also accepting gardening tools and other supplies.

To learn more about volunteering, contact Betsy Thomas at 816-471-2808 x.1138. For updates, visit the Global Gardens blog and check out the Facebook page for JVS Global Gardens Project.

Karen growers preparing their plots at JVS Global Gardens last weekend.

Karen growers preparing their plots at JVS Global Gardens last weekend.

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