Recently, I had the chance to interview this sweet, 11 year old girl who can be found at the Beeler Street Community garden in the evenings tending her family’s garden plot. She has proved herself to be one of the most hard-working and passionate gardeners at the community garden. She walks down the street from her apartment building to the garden after school. She states “I don’t even go home first, I come straight here!” She moved from Nepal 5 years ago and her English is flawless. She often helps translate for her family.
Here is part of our interview…
What grade are you in?
I will be in 6th grade next year and I’m excited to move to Middle School!
Why did you like coming to the Beeler garden?
I like to be in nature. I grew up playing outside and in the garden in Nepal. I like to walk barefoot in the ground.
Tell me about life in Nepal.
My dad worked on a farm and my family also had land with a garden, cows and chickens. My favorite thing was digging up potatoes. I would get mad when my dad started digging potatoes without me. It was much cheaper to grow our own food in Nepal then to buy it in the stores. I have a large extended family and we all lived close together in Nepal. We call uncles “father” and cousins “sister.” Now we are more spread out in different states in America. I’m going to Ohio soon to visit some of them.
What do you love about gardening?
I love planting vegetables and flowers.
What plants are you most excited about growing?
Lettuce, because we eat a lot of lettuce at my house.
What do you like to do when you are not gardening?
I like to help kids at my apartment with their homework. If they don’t have homework I give them some. I also like to draw and ride my bike.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
My family really wants me to be a doctor but I don’t know yet! I’ll have to figure that out when I go to college.
Stay tuned for more pictures and progress on her garden!
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