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On this Seattle farm, seniors grow food and community

Turunesh Gura, 78, takes a break from working on at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands in Seattle. Kuow Photo/Megan Farmer.

This work is an opportunity to make connections in their adopted country and to practice English with native speakers.

By Patricia Murphy
Oct 20, 2017


“They don’t go out they don’t go to senior centers or community centers — because of the language barrier,” Michael Neguse said.

“So what we’re trying to do here is take them out of their houses, to come here to meet other people. To meet other ethnic groups and other languages and come and work together.”

Neguse came to the United States from Eritrea more than two decades ago. His warm and welcoming demeanor suits his role as an organizer for the East African community, and this eight-acre urban farm is an important part of that work.

Neguse points to a thick stand of willows shading a creek. It’s part of the farm’s wetlands. “You see these trees? These trees were planted by our seniors,” Neguse said.

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