Sunshine and Harvest have a dream of ministering to others via agriculture in a country setting.
We dream of a garden where refugees can come in peace and till the soil for their sustenance. Where they can work in agriculture and do what they know how to do best, and stay connected as a family unit. Where they can learn English, grow produce for their family and to sell, earn an income for their family, and participate in producing wholesome food for their communities.
We are thinking about a project that would mentor and train refugees in a skill and open the door to an entrepreneurial, self employed business. We see better profit margins in organic growing, with strategic marketing to local consumers and outlets.
We dream of being able to minister to the soul and live out an expression of Biblical simplicity of a life of service.
We realize we don't have the required knowledge, or financial backing to make such a plan work. But we are thinking about how God will use us. Right now it seems more practical for us to minister to refugees here in the USA than go to a foreign land as a missionary family. We hope to touch people here that could then someday return to their home countries with the beam of Gospel light radiating from their hearts as well.
We are not the first to think of this idea. Following are some refugee gardens we want to learn more about
- Columbia Refugee Garden blog (web) Columbia, MO. sponsor
- Tampa Bay Gardens, another (ancillary news story) Tampa Bay, FL
- New Roots Gardens (web) SLC, UT and other states
- Philadelphia Refugee Gardens, another (web) Philadelphia, PA
- PUSH Garden (web) Buffalo, NY
- Minnesota CoC Gardens (web) Minnesota
- Gardens of Eden (web) Minnesota. steps (pdf)
- Kentwood Refugee Garden (web) Kentwood, MI
- Pamoja (Swahili for “together”) Garden (web) Hudsonville, MI
- Refugee Garden Plots (gallery) Wheaton, IL
- Atlanta Refugee Garden (video) Atlanta, GA
- Jolly Avenue Community Garden (web) - Links to the video above, so likely Atlanta, GA
- SE Houston Garden (web) Houston, TX
- Phoenix Garden (web) Phoenix, AZ
- Interfaith Garden (web) San Antonio, TX
- Refugee Agriculture Program (web) Manchester, NH
- Global Gardens (web) Boise, ID
- Field of Dreams (web) Manhattan, NY
- Drew Gardens - New Roots (videos) Manhattan, NY