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COMMUNITY; Putting down roots : International garden brings together immigrants to grow food

Mar 22, 2017 - The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

As his eyes swept over the 2-acre garden plot in Franklin Township, Hai Vung Lian tried to shield himself from a chilly wind. He envisioned lush fields of vegetables and recalled the humid heat of his native Myanmar.

"This garden gives us a sense of joy, happiness and a sense of community. It gives us a sense of home," Lian said.

That home now is Franklin County for Lian and 1,100 other Burmese Chin, many of whom left the southeast Asian country because of an oppressive government. L...