Refugee Garden

Renuka Pokhrel of Bhutan works in her family's garden plot in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Renuka Pokhrel of Bhutan works in her family's garden plot in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Director Linda Seyler, left, and Krishna Bhattarai look at young plants in his plot in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Director Linda Seyler, left, and Krishna Bhattarai look at young plants in his plot in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

An onion goes to seed in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

An onion goes to seed in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Pak Suan of Myanmar works in his small greenhouse in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Pak Suan of Myanmar works in his small greenhouse in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Thai mustard greens grow in the greenhouse of Pak Suan of Myanmar in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Thai mustard greens grow in the greenhouse of Pak Suan of Myanmar in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Director Linda Seyler, right, plants small seedlings with Krishna Bhattarai of Bhutan in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Director Linda Seyler, right, plants small seedlings with Krishna Bhattarai of Bhutan in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Krishna Bhattarai of Bhutan works in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Krishna Bhattarai of Bhutan works in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Krishna Bhattarai of Bhutan plants a seedling in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Krishna Bhattarai of Bhutan plants a seedling in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

From left, Renuka, Shiva and Prajapati Pokhrel of Bhutan pick out plants for their garden plot in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

From left, Renuka, Shiva and Prajapati Pokhrel of Bhutan pick out plants for their garden plot in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lettuce grows in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lettuce grows in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Director Linda Seyler works in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Director Linda Seyler works in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Friday, May 19, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Renuka Pokhrel of Bhutan flips her braid around as she works in her family's garden plot in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Renuka Pokhrel of Bhutan flips her braid around as she works in her family's garden plot in the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Director Linda Seyler and a handful of refugees worked in the garden on somewhat rainy days when I visited the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in May in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. About 100 families, including refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar and elsewhere, have plots in the community garden. The farm, which began in 2012, became a nonprofit this spring after creating a board of directors last year, said Seyler, executive director and "head weed puller." The group receives so many requests for garden plots that there's a wait list of 60 families. Often, newly arrived refugees are so eager to begin growing foods that remind them of home that they reach out to the farm while still learning to speak English and navigate the "L."

Read the full article in the Chicago Tribune here.