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Community garden

My Second Family

I’m living in a suburb of LA, and I’ve been part of a community garden that hosts regular food swaps for a decade now. I’m Persian, and I grow mainly vegetables and herbs in my garden. I find it rewarding for a number of reasons, but mostly because of the interpersonal opportunities if offers. Take Ken, the man whose plot sits next to mine. Whether at official food swaps or just when things are in season, I love to share my cauliflower and tomatoes, and he loves to share his perilla leaves and homemade doenjang (fermented soybean paste), which I sometimes even sneak into some of my favorite Persian dishes (my grandma has definitely noticed something extra in my stews lately). We cook dinner for each other’s families, share holiday parties, and have become such close friends!

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