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Abraham Watson

I came from Africa, from a background of farming. There is something in me that, everywhere I go, I must plant something. The garden is a big family for me. I call it "the United Nations Garden," because we've got people from Europe, Asia, Africa, everywhere. I would do anything -- I pray to God -- to see the garden continue.


Esther Brown

I grew up on a farm in Nepal. My family now grows and eats organic food from the garden. The way my community expresses their love is by going to the garden. The garden improves my physical health, my emotional and mental health, because I eat organic. I want to be a role model for my children. I want to encourage them to be healthy.

Ron Peterson

Seventy percent of gardeners are immigrants. The garden is a really important food source for those families. For older family members, it's a way to contribute to the family, and their health and mental well-being are in balance again. So many family members are also involved.


Pastor Dana Nelson

This is a very special place. It's a safe place, a place to spend May though October. There are 266 little farms on the land. It's so beautiful: all religions, at least 10 languages spoken in the garden. If we can buy the land, it can be available to these hundreds of families to continue to grow food for time to come.

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Pepe Ollor

Leaving our home country and finding a new home here has been a huge process for a lot of us. And finding that new community in the garden brings us home. When my mom and I garden, we feel so much freedom.

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Helen Yu

I built a pollinator garden at Rice Street Gardens. For three years, I planted milkweed, hyssop, and butterfly weed. The happiest thing for me is looking at the bees and butterflies buzzing around the flowers. We have flourishing gardens because of their busy work. Working at the garden, I befriended many gardeners from different cultures and RSG is my connection to the community. It is very much needed part of my life.

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