Refugee/immigrant news: A successful growing season

Mike KnaakNews, St. JosephLeave a Comment

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Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to ease your transition into our community.

The Somali gardeners had a successful growing season at the Sisters of St. Benedict community garden.

The weather cooperated with just enough hot weather to ripen the vegetables, but not too hot to burn the plants. There were not any storms that beat down the plants. 

The potato bugs were another story. We sprayed the bugs weekly for several weeks and they still devoured the plants.  The gardeners will need to decide if they want to plant potato plants next year.

They learned about how to stake up tomato plants, when to harvest and how to weed. 

Most of the gardeners want to garden again next year.  It is a great opportunity to be able to grow their own food, to have access to fresh produce and to teach their children how vegetables grow.

If you are reading this and your native language is English, it shows you have interest in our refugees. There is a shortage of volunteers for the English classes for adults whose native language is not English.  Please consider volunteering. Contact Jacob Jantzer at jjantzer@gmail.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Juliana Howard at 715-791-8976 or Jamal Elmi, 320-310-2351.

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Fadumo Ibrahim holds Swiss chard grown in the community garden.


If you are reading this and your native language is English, it shows you have interest in our refugees. There is a shortage of volunteers for the English classes for adults whose native language is not English.  Please consider volunteering. Contact Jacob Jantzer at jjantzer@gmail.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Juliana Howard at 715-791-8976 or Jamal Elmi, 320-310-2351.

Author: Mike Knaak

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