Monday, September 14, 2009

Growing community, independence, justice — and food

This English teacher/farmer is using both of his professions to help his community. He teaches English to the immigrants as they work together in the garden, benefiting from food and friendship and learning English and independence. - - Donna Poisl

By Tina Firesheets, Staff Writer

A wide-brimmed straw hat covers Daniel Woodham's sandy hair, shielding his tanned face from an early evening sun that's still bright and hot.

In a few moments, he'll surrender the hat to a petite Montagnard woman enrolled in his English class. The woman works alongside two others, pulling weeds from rows of eggplants, peppers and herbs. Their daughters enthusiastically help Woodham drag fistfuls of bamboo from his truck to the garden. The bamboo will be cut into stakes to prop up tomato plants.

Woodham's two professions -- English teacher and farmer -- merge on this plot of land, just past the Guilford County line on East Wendover Avenue.
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