Jordan St. Garden

Jordan St. Garden

Community garden! An urban refugee garden bridging cultural barriers in North Boise. Community revitalization + affordable, healthy food! Volunteers and donations always welcome!

There are several refugee gardens around town, but even more refugee families that are in need. The Davis Park Apartments house several refugee families who expressed an interest and a need for a garden that is within walking distance, since many families are without transportation. By teaming up with Neighborhood Housing Services and Mountain States Group, we were able to meet with families from Somalia, Nepal, and Russia. We set our first work party for May 16th in 2009 where a few large tillers and a lot of hard work created garden plots for each of the families to farm. The land, irrigation, compost, tillers, and a portion of the vegetable plants were all donated, along with several gardening tools as a result of sending emails and posting on Facebook and Craigslist.

This project had been a great opportunity to bridge language and cultural barriers in the Davis Park area. It is creating positive interactions between residents, educational opportunities to learn about gardening customs of different cultures, and transforming an abandoned lot of weeds and trash to a beautiful garden feeding people in need while creating a place of gathering and a named landmark for the neighborhood.

We’re embarking upon our 3rd year at the garden and we’ve been successful in increasing the number of those that benefit. Reaching beyond refugees now calling Boise home, it’s become a melting pot of gardeners and volunteers from right here in Boise and all around the world. The Jordan Street Garden falls under the umbrella of Global Gardens, a program of the Idaho Office for Refugees.

 

Jordan St. Community Garden

http://jordanstreetgarden.org
corner of Jordan & 30th Street, Boise, Idaho
Shana Moore
208-850-7821 | shanafostermoore@gmail.com
901 N. 30th Street, Boise, Idaho