In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lemon Tree Trust’s emergency ‘Gardener to Gardener’ Seed Appeal is helping people living in refugee camps to continue growing food and flowers in their small home gardens.
The Lemon Tree Trust supports displaced people to build home gardens and community gardens (both ornamental and productive), with a focus on supporting women-led agriculture. While most of its current activity is in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the organisation’s long-term vision is to bring gardens and gardening initiatives to every refugee camp and community of forced migrants in the world.
Spare packets of flower and vegetable seeds?
Why not send them to another gardener…
Gardeners in Kurdistan grow a range of edibles and ornamentals and are willing to try new things in addition to the crops they know and love.
- Favourite edibles include: courgette, broad beans, salad crops, radish, chard, tomatoes, sweetcorn, carrots, leafy herbs (parsley, coriander, etc), rocket.
- Favourite ornamentals include: snapdragons, violas, petunias, sunflowers, zinnias, lavender, geraniums, hollyhocks, mint, rosemary and thyme.
Any colourful annuals, biennials or perennials are welcome, as are pollinator plants.
Gardeners in Domiz camp also keep bees and the Lemon Tree Trust is committed to improving the biodiversity and environment of the camps in which they work.
If you would like to support the appeal, gardener to gardener, you can:
- Send any spare seed directly to the Lemon Tree Trust for distribution later in the year – email firstname.lastname@example.org for a postal address
- Donate directly to the Seed Appeal online: https://lemontreetrust.org/donate/