More than 40 refugee families in Charlottesville are growing their own food in shared community garden plots and small raised-bed backyard gardens that were built with the help of IRC staff and community volunteers. San Maya Subba (above) turned the soil of her small family plot to prepare for planting earlier this summer. The shared work of gardening has helped build connections between newly arriving refugees and their neighbors. Local churches and community groups have been instrumental in providing land, tools, and volunteer work to help keep the gardens growing.
If you’d like to help with the garden project, please contact Kimberly Brown 434-979-7772, ext. 114, Kimberly.Brown@Rescue.org