Urban Garden Profile: The Southeast Asian Coalition

We spoke with Anh Vu Sawyer, the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Massachusetts (SEAC) and longtime friend of the REC. The Southeast Asian Coalition’s Urban Gardens Project began when Anh saw an empty lot collecting garbage and unsafe items in downtown Worcester near the SEAC office. She had always thought that the quintessential American green lawn was overrated, and that killing weeds with chemicals that harm our environment is bad for the city. Anh wondered, could the city turn the lot into a garden? She wanted the elders involved with SEAC to be healthy and active, and with these urban gardens, Elders could garden and continue the tradition of eating the fresh herbs


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