I met Abu Dureti when she was a high school student in north Portland, Oregon, 5 years after she immigrated from Kenya. After school a few days a week, she worked 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.
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.