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Post  boaznigel 6/15/2010, 8:39 am

Hi - I work with a Christian charity (www.boaztrust.org.uk) with destitute asylum seekers here in Manchester (UK) providing temporary accommodation & holistic care

We stumbled across the SF Garden concept about twelve months ago & my wife & I, as a test run, had a SFer behind our own house last year

This year I managed to raise funding to install SFers behind a couple of our houses - this has been a HUGE hit with the clients & they have been sampling new foreign food i.e. radishes & chard

At first, we were doubtful whether they would properly water & tend the SFers but once they had had their first harvest they were totally sold on the idea



We are now planning to raise the funding etc to install SFers behind all our BOAZ houses next year & hope to extend the project into the wider community

God bless
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(BOAZ Pastoral Support Worker & SFer)
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Post  Icemaiden 6/15/2010, 8:51 am

That sounds brilliant! It must be dreadful being an asylum seeker, let alone a destitute one, and gardening is such a positive thing to do.

At least in Manchester you don't need to worry about watering so much SF Garden & asylum seekers Icon_lol


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Post  camprn 6/15/2010, 8:55 am

SF Garden & asylum seekers 396615 Brilliant! Gardening is so therapeutic.
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Post  LaFee 6/15/2010, 8:58 am

Even when you're an immigrant by choice, making the transition to another language and culture can be anywhere from bumpy some days to soul-crushing on other days. We had employment and people to help us, and at least a working knowledge of the language and culture, and there were still days that just left us feeling absolutely drained and defeated.

I would imagine that the opportunity to do something productive, that makes you feel like you've made a contribution of some sort today, has to be incredibly rewarding during an otherwise difficult transition.

Good on you.
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