KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Hy-Vee Lends Land For Garden



Bookmark and Share

A Sioux Falls Hy-Vee store is giving back to a community of refugees and immigrants a very special part of their traditions. The grocery store has teamed up with the Somali-Bantu Community to make good use out of some unused land.

Eight families from three different African countries are coming together to dig, plant and add a little more life to a once empty field. It’s all because James Siemens, Hy-Vee’s Store Director on East 10th Street, heard about their struggle.
 
"Abdull just talked about their need for gardening. That's what they know, gardening. And so I knew we had this open lot that we can't do anything with,” said Siemens.

On Saturday, Hy-Vee and James made it all possible. Five raised bed gardens were built on the unused land on the western side of the grocery store. Abdull Sidow, the Executive Director of the Somali-Bantu Community, said these gardens will make the families feel a little more at home.

“To have the opportunity to use the experiences and skills they have from their own countries,” said Sidow.

Sidow said in Africa their people farmed for a living. But when they moved here, they didn’t have the resources. Felicite Kiza, from the Central African country of Burundi, said being able to grow her own food is not only exciting, but it will help her family save a lot of money.
     
“It's very hard to get vegetables here. It's very expensive if you go buy a tomato. It's very expensive,” Kiza said.

For others like 12-year-old Heri Kabwali from Congo, it’s simply about having a little dirt his family can call their own.

“In Africa we worked so hard. And when we came here we didn't have a place to plant vegetables. So I thank them, for letting us plant them and do this,” said Kabwali.

Now that the gardens are planted, it’s time to give to vegetables a little tender loving care, so they can finally plan for the future.

“If we can get twelve across and maybe ten deep, we could have 120 gardens in this spot,” said Siemens.

Whatever produce the families chose not to keep for themselves, Hy-Vee will buy and sell in the store.

For more information, or if you wish to donate, you can call the Somali-Bantu Community Development Councils of South Dakota at (605) 271-6118.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

4 Guns Confiscated At IA Airport This Year

So far this year, security officers at the Des Moines Airport have confiscated ...

IA Flu Hospitalization Doubles In Recent Weeks

Iowa health officials say the number of Iowans hospitalized for flu ...

Police Brutality Protestors At Mall Of America

Demonstrators chanted "black lives matter" as they converged in the ...

Huron Man Claims Wild Card 2 $6,000 Prize  Dec. 20

Pierre HS Team Wins Lakota Knowledge Bowl  Dec. 20

Man Gets 2 Years For Unregistered Firearm   Dec. 20

State Seeks Options For Juvenile Offenders  Dec. 20

100 Gather For SD Anti-Police Brutality March  Dec. 20

Rapid City Man Killed In 3 Vehicle Crash  Dec. 20

Updates In Sisseton Shooting Investigation  story with video  Dec. 19

SD Democrats Looking For New Executive Director  Dec. 19

Free Toys Available To Parents In Sioux Falls  Dec. 19

Luverne Schools Fight The Flu  story with video  Dec. 19

Cuban Cigars Could Make Their Way To Local Shops  story with video  Dec. 19

AG: Sisseton Killings Result Of Dom. Violence  Dec. 19

Obama: Keystone Offers Little Benefit To Consumers  Dec. 19

Ice Rinks Closed In SF  Dec. 19

SF Teen Faces Kidnapping, Assault Charges   Dec. 19

Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked To 2 MN Deaths  Dec. 19

NorthWestern Energy Seeking To Raise Rates In 2015  Dec. 19

KDLT News Archive
     

Sioux Falls Stampede Honor Longtime Fan  story with video

Over the years, Max Honke has collected a drawer full of ...

O'Gorman Students Help Moms In Need

Moms in need across the Sioux Empire are receiving an early Christmas ...

Updates In Sisseton Shooting Investigation  story with video

People in Sisseton are finally getting some answers after ...

Bob Seger Bringing Tour To Sioux Falls  Dec. 19

AG: Sisseton Killings Result Of Dom. Violence  Dec. 19

SF Teen Faces Kidnapping, Assault Charges   Dec. 19

SF Police Probe Motel Robbery  Dec. 19

Rapid City Man Found Dead Under Bridge  Dec. 19

KDLT News Archive
     

Confident Coyotes Set Scoring Record  story with video

VERMILLION, S. D. --  Amy Williams South Dakota Coyotes probably expected a ...

O'Gorman Girls Roll Past Riders  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. --  The top-ranked O'Gorman girl's basketball team handled a shorthanded ...

Lincoln Staves Off O'Gorman, Dells Dumps Tea  story with video

The top-ranked Lincoln Patriot boy's basketball team won a ...

USD Women set school record for points  story with video  Dec. 18

Balanced attack leads SDSU over Arkansas/Little Rock  story with video  Dec. 18

Marshall, Jacks win in OT  Dec. 18

Bos hits game-winner for Coyotes  story with video  Dec. 18

Weber enjoying first job as a head coach  Dec. 18

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top