Community Connection

Harvesting Stories: Cambodian Gardens of Lowell, MA

by Jessica Redmond

A result of decades-long chain migration, Lowell, Massachusetts, has one of the largest Cambodian refugee populations in the United States. Their front, back, and side yards are filled with lush, productive gardens. Along with those seeds, they are planting the story of their survival. As the crops grow and the refugees harvest, Phakdey Yous and Kristin Strobel gather the stories of what the refugees endured and why these crops are so important. […]