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The community gardens of Fresno, CA

"In the Sikh community garden in Fresno [California], where older gardeners mentor younger ones." (Credit: Jim Wilson | The New York Times)

“In the Sikh community garden in Fresno [California], where older gardeners mentor younger ones.” (Credit: Jim Wilson | The New York Times)

In The New York Times, Patricia Leigh Brown writes about community gardens in Fresno, California, as places of support for various communities, including the Punjabi Sikh Sarbat Bhalla Community Garden, which provides a safe space for conversation for Sikh women:

“Young women have to prove ourselves more than our brothers do,” she said. So the group members supports one another, “especially if a girl is down,” [Parmeshvar Kaur Dhaliwal] said.

…and Sikh men:

Amandip Singh Gill, a 32-year-old garden organizer, observed that in the Gurdwara, or temple, “guys have to maintain a successful persona. You can’t say: ‘Oh, man, I just lost my job. How will I support my family?’ But here,” he said of the garden, “a shared history kicks in.”

Read more at The New York Times.

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2 comments

  1. I admire the humility in the understatement “community garden”. My father grew up in an agricultural environment and he himself also had a farm until recently. Those who have not had that experience do not realize that more transpires in these locales than merely food production. It’s the “CULTURE” in agriculture.

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