Episode 90: Refugee Garden

This episode is about our brief interaction with a wonderful Bhutanese family we met in Atlanta. They are part of a community garden that integrates refugee farmers from around the world by giving them a piece of land to grow vegetables. Despite the challenges of communicating together, we picked some crops, cooked a meal together and enjoyed each others company. This was one of our favorite days on the trip.

19 responses to “Episode 90: Refugee Garden”

  1. Matildalee says:

    That was awesome and looked fantastically delicious. 

  2. Robflyhang says:

    Way cool…..Isn’t it AMAZING how the Smile of Love just shines through on some people….no matter how tough times are? If someone could teach me how to show that face, I would listen. I  “Try To Put My Best Face Forward” as is, but these folks are great.

  3. Ayn Perry says:

    does this mean there is religious persicusion (sp) in Bhutan, the land of the Happiness Gross National Product?

  4. ATOWNDOWN says:

    Systematic ethnic cleansing has been ongoing in Bhutan (yes, the land of the happiness) for decades.  It has been violent and brutal, and Bhutan can now boast having the largest percentage of their population displaced as refugees of any country on earth.  The United States has been accepting tens of thousands Bhutanese refugees in the last 3 years to permanently resettle here via UNHCR.

  5. Robflyhang says:


    If you would like to continue this discussion…I am willing to be involved. 

    It would be a shame if you regard my input as casual..

    Oh, I have just been reminded we may be spreading our selves a little thin

    My heart is with you…….Robert

  6. Ayn says:

    what religions are being exterminated?  maybe these lovely gardeners in the video are Hindu? not sure/?

  7. Robflyhang says:

    Did a quick research on Bhutan. Looks to me like the country is finished. I am so proud  of our United States to accept tens of thousands of these refugees.

    Is there ANY other country that openly and legally welcomes the Bhutanese Refugees? I am not goung to make this one a project, unless God reaches down and touches my nose with his finger and says “My son, I want you to work on Bhutan” Guess I’d have to do it then. One Love

  8. I am always so pleased to see people that tries to make a life where ever they are instead of dwelling on what was.  I love this episode Daniel, maybe one day you’ll be in my neck of the woods and we will share some of our ethnic food with you too.

  9. Excellent. You should check out the Peace Gardens in Minneapolis off 94/Cedar, I always have a great conversation (sometimes more with hands and laughs) and learn something. 

  10. This video made me smile. The story of Bhutan is such a sad one. I am happy to see this family is making a new life for themselves and still able to enjoy some of the food traditions of their country.

  11. Spiralgal says:

    Thanks for this video and thanks for the information by ATOWNDOWN. This is a beautiful idea. My husband is a college professor, but did a project in an immigrant Hmong area of Sacramento where they set up a garden much like this. The elders shared stories, recipes and meals (until the program was cancelled due to funding). It connect us and that is truly wonderful.

  12. Tahreem says:

    The way you approached these people (the respectful attitude and especially when you took off your shoes to join them in their house) is very, very admirable and I respect you for that! 🙂

  13. Scott Knox says:

    I’m amazed there aren’t more people commenting now on these older webcasts! Maybe it’s because they are older and so people consider them no longer “commentable”, but I have to think there are a lot of people like me who stumbled across this after the fact and think it’s just great, thanks guys, really loving it! Trying unsuccessfully not to go through the videos like a rat to a cocaine laced water bottle.

  14. Joan Piccalo says:

    Great video! Was this part of the non-profit Friends of Refugees community garden? (I’m in Atlanta)

  15. Joan Piccalo says:

    I found this episode from the vimeo link posted in the FOR website, but the video doesn’t mention FOR – they could use the recognition maybe? Also, your link from Vimeo video to Perennial Plate website is broken because it looks like this
    but i fixed it to find you 🙂

  16. I visited this community garden a few months ago. A group of students at my school started a club called Seek Refuge, and we are partnering with Friends of Refugees, which is less than a 2-hour drive away. I was amazed. I had no idea that this place existed. I try my hardest to share these stories so that people have the opportunity to see the faces of the people conservative Americans tell us are a problem. Thank you for making this film accessible to me so that can share it with others.

    I’m a sociology major with an interest in research, so if there is ANYTHING I can aid you all in, please let me know.

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