Through the use of our gardens, our church has had a long standing relationship with the Karen people. The Karen (Ka-REN) community of refugees are from Burma (Myanmar) and have been persecuted by the Burmese military for over 60 years. Today Minnesota hosts the largest Karen community in the country. Most Karen come from an agricultural lifestyle and find great joy in growing produce in Minnesota.

Our garden is important to the Karen community. To support the Karen community, we provide the land and the water used. Please volunteer to fill the blue water barrels that you see stationed at the edge of the gardens. Sign up to fill the barrels for a week. The time commitment would be 45 minutes to one hour each week. If interested, please contact Roger Hintze at 651-483-4080, or email Tara at