Amaranth, non-toxic nightshade, Asian radish mo, purple-kernel corn, peas and bitter melons are not commonly found in American gardens.
But such crops, native to other countries, are essential for some farmers renting land in the Sharmane Nieman Community Garden on the banks of the Colorado Springs River.
Residents of South Korea, Nepal, and Kenya, who require soil, collect traditional seeds such as jack bean to grow here – so they can prepare popular ethnic dishes such as kimchi, roast roast, crown day soup and ugali.
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“When you grow vegetables, you see how our food source is miraculously shaped because of its vitamins and medicinal value,” said OK-Drierius, who was born in South Korea. “I Have Seen the Evidence of the Creator”
Dreri often harvests her 20-40-foot plot every day for watering, weeding, and salad dressing white pumpkins; The rare red napa cabbage, mountain ginseng, a natural digestive aid that helps the body eliminate toxins; And heart-shaped Korean sesame leaf, a nutritious vegetable that helps prevent osteoporosis and promotes vascular health.
“It will waste a lot of time, but I will dry or close everything, and it will last,” she said, adding that she has been plotting for the past 10 years.
“It’s a special place because we get the full sun, and everything you plant grows well,” Drew said.
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Karen Stez, one of the producers, says that there has never been much tribal production.
“The racial and cultural differences represented in our garden have been growing in recent years,” he said.
Certainly, they and their children are growing up to have access to the foods they are used to.
Multicultural gardeners are more likely to grow crops than American farmers, Steith said. Instead of long rows of space between them, plants are raised in stock, given only the required room size, and made to fit. That method, known as square foot-vegetable, reduces weeds and allows for more productivity.
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Pretty Gimere said she could not find cheyote leaves in local grocery stores, and said Amharic was too expensive to buy locally.
She and her husband emigrated seven years ago under the Green Card Lottery System.
The couple owns a small business and longs for the variety of greens that Gimer encourages and serves with rice.
“It’s so delicious,” she said, picking up the leaves. I can’t even describe how sweet they are.
Ghimire is so sour that the roots of the plants can ripen like potatoes.
This is her second year in charge of plotting in the community garden.
“It’s so refreshing when you come in here,” she said, wiping her hands around 2 acres. My wife and daughter and I come every day to make video calls to my parents. They say you are doing well by eating your organic food.
Jed Lahman, who grew up in Seoul, South Korea, smiles as she cuts out colorful zinc for her bouquet.
“I could not grow up because I had no place to live,” she said.
After living and working in a casino in Atlantic City, NJ for 15 years, Lahman retired from the Colorado Springs and became fascinated by her mountains and beauty.
“I really enjoy this,” she said of her garden. I put 10% of my effort into it, and 90% of nature takes care of it.
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This is the first time this year that Betty Misic has purchased a transplant from Kenya. She said the experience was important.
“I have made new friends, they don’t need to buy vegetables and use crops for medicinal purposes,” says Misik.
The non-toxic American night rail is one of her favorites. Mickic says it can be used to relieve stress, headaches, eczema and sores, and is best served with ugali African corn porridge mixed with fried and heavy cream.
The garden reminiscent of her childhood in the highlands of Africa, where she worked with her mother as a gardener.
Now, Missic is passing on her love for the land to her 6-year-old son, who says she admires the beetles, spiders, and butterflies that live among plants.
“It’s great because you have the opportunity to be out and about and take a break from your normal routine,” she said.