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A perfectly ripe, juicy tomato, still warm from the sun. Sweet carrots, pulled from the garden minutes (or even seconds!) before they're eaten. Growing your own vegetables is one of those activities that balances practicality and indulgence.
$60 can distribute the gardening tools, seeds and other supplies that refugees need to start a community garden that will help them put fresh food on the table and well-earned cash in their pockets. Our New Roots program helps refugees settling in the United States stay connected to the soil and the agricultural traditions they’ve brought from their own countries. We help by providing the land and materials they need to grow the crops they want — and also by connecting refugees to local farmers’ markets and restaurants where they can sell their bounty. The community gardens we support are not only a cornucopia of exotic produce, but a vibrant group of farmers from many nations working together to revitalize their new communities. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields .
"Aflac is a very green company," states Aflac Account Relations Executive Randy Pope during one of the company's recent "Lunch and Learn" presentations for company employees. Randy was there to demonstrate how to build a square foot garden.