“Growing food as a family has been an integral part of our lives since the time we were born. From a very young age we each worked in our families’ gardens and have raised a variety of produce such as beans, corn, eggplant, peanuts, tomatoes, bananas and potatoes.⁠

We enjoy spending time together at the farm and passing along this important part of our cultural heritage to our children in our new country.⁠

No matter where our family calls home, we have always been farmers.” -- Alex Congera, born in Burundi, fled to a refugee camp in Tanzania, and then moved to the United States with his family. He has been part of the Global Greens Program in Des Moines, Iowa since 2011.


Sowing the Seeds of Hope

Through the challenges of 2020 and 2021, the intersectional nature of community has been highlighted: how we each have a role to play and some magic to make, to keep us growing, adaptive and resilient. Moments of hardship will always reveal the injustices and the work left to be done. They simultaneously catalyze the very people that can provide the skills and courage necessary to bring about change, into action. 

These people are seeds and their work in this world is essential. We recognize the hope they plant, harvest and share. We see how the hero in each of us blooms when resources, community support and access are equally distributed. As we mourn those we’ve lost and reconcile the evolving challenges ahead, we have been tasked to plant our own seeds of hope and to share the bounty at harvest.

Do you have a Hope is a Seed Story to share? Reach out via email to whywegrow@highmowingseeds.com to have your farming/gardening quote featured and help us plant the seeds of hope.