Garden of Nations rises in the North End

Winnipeg Free Press | May 30, 2016

By Carol Sanders

With seven children to feed, Shamsa Muhammad hopes she will have a green thumb.

PHOTOS BY RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Shamsa Muhammad, from Congo, learns how to use a drill to make a wooden garden bed along with other newcomers in her community in North End Park Saturday.</p>

PHOTOS BY RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Shamsa Muhammad, from Congo, learns how to use a drill to make a wooden garden bed along with other newcomers in her community in North End Park Saturday.

On Saturday morning, the woman who arrived in 2013 as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, helped to build the North End Garden of Nations — which are raised gardens to be used by her family and 15 others.
“I would like to grow vegetables,” said Muhammad.

She has never gardened before but was one of the first newcomers to jump in and get to work building the beds at the North Centennial Community Centre with the help of volunteers from Home Depot North and Food Matters Manitoba. The non-profit organization partners with communities to make food more available and affordable.

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