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Sophia: On Nurturing and Being Nurtured in The Garden

Sophia in the Pantry Garden
Jul 07, 2014

Sophia Durall has a close and vital relationship to the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation's Pantry Garden. 

She has been a tenant in our low-income housing residence, Throop Court, for five years. After she moved in, she became both a client and a volunteer at NEBHDCo's Golden Harvest Food Pantry next door. A dedicated gardener, she could see that the backyard shared by the pantry and her building was a potentially wonderful space to grow food to give out to pantry clients. We here at NEBHDCo agreed. 

Three years ago, NEBHDCo started growing vegetables for our food pantry clients, offering fresh, local, and organic produce to folks who don't normally have access to it. Sophia has been a passionate volunteer gardener, advocate, and beneficiary of the garden. "This garden is my home. It's my backyard and a key part of my kitchen," says Sophia, "Being a part of this project means I connect with my community and also eat well." 

Thanks to the KGI grant, we doubled the amount of garden beds we grow in. This season alone, we've harvested over 50lbs of lettuce in our small backyard and look forward to the rest of the bountiful season ahead!   

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