Abu Dureti is a 17-year-old high school student in north Portland, Oregon, who immigrated from Kenya five years ago. After school a few days a week, she works at a one-acre organic farm on Sauvie Island near the city. "Food Works" employs a number of the community's youth each year to grow vegetables for sale at farmers markets and to donate to needy people. Kaiser Permanente has sponsored this farm through its Community Benefit program.
The USDA recently recognized this enterprise and awarded them a sizeable grant to continue their important contribution to the youth who work there and to the people of Portland. Abu took me on a row by row tour of the farm. We ate some sweet corn right off the stalk. I asked her to tell me her very favorite recipe she cooks at home. I've tried it. It's the best. It was a privilege to see what they created together.
As Abu told me...