Q2030 Grant provides support for refugees to grow a community garden

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Tapestry Farms helps families who have been forced to flee their country because of violence or persecution gain access to the tools they need to become productive Quad Cities residents.

A Q2030 Grant from the Quad Cities Community Foundation allowed the organization to employ refugees this summer to grow community gardens in the area.

Through the grant, the two refugees—who have made the Quad Cities their home—were able to receive a stipend for watering, weeding and caring for plants in the community while also improving English language skills, learning about produce that grows well in the region, and gaining valuable work skills.

KWQC TV6 Reporter Sarah Jones met with those involved in the new local program which provides a range of services including employing people to work in urban farms and gardens in the area.

A nonprofit social enterprise, Tapestry Farms is a steadfast presence in the lives of refugees who resettle in the Quad Cities. The nonprofit champions the most vulnerable—those who are single parents, battle serious medical conditions, have little to no family or friends, or did not have the opportunity to acquire literacy in their native language.

Ted Stephens III