Rochester, N.Y. – Neighbors in the Lexington Avenue area celebrated Thursday night. Foodlink and families gathered for a garden party at the Lexington Avenue Community Farm.
About 60 refugee families participate in growing food at the community farm, which Foodlink also utilizes to grow food for its Curbside Market.
Those in attendance also celebrated the garden’s new parklet. Nathaniel Mich of Foodlink says this helps broaden opportunities to help strengthen bonds in the community.
“This field used to be basically just a gravel pit, a little bit of scraggly grass, broken up foundations,” he said. “So we put in a play lawn, tire climbers, a toy and book library, and over the next several months we’re going to continue to add play elements as well.”
Krissna Zureung, who came to the U.S. from Nepal about six years ago, says he children are happy with those features.
“My kids enjoy it,” she said. “That’s what I like.”
Mich says the garden helps families in the area save money and grow types of food they are familiar with from their home countries, that they may not typically see in grocery stores in the U.S.