Gifts of Hope: Family Garden

Written by Plant With Purpose on December 16, 2014 in General, Gifts of Hope

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This Christmas season we are hopeful for continued growth and transformation in the lives of partnering farming families around the world. In this series, we explore unique gift ideas from our Gifts of Hope online catalog. These life-changing stories are a result of your support. We invite you to give a Gift of Hope this year and change a life.


Hope comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it can be found in the most challenging of situations. For Yon Layong in Thailand, his family garden is a source of hope for a better future. Yon lives in the Tun Kwang Ton community where space is limited and members are forced to utilize any and all available room. His garden is small but productive, and he now has a stable source of income and can provide his family with more nutritious food.


While working as a migrant worker, Yon was only able to give his family with a very limited diet. Now, his garden produces mustard, onion, eggplant, beans, basil, and local vegetables. Meals that were once lacking in nutrition and variety have become a source of pride and dignity for Yon’s family.

YonYon and his wife are excited that their successful garden means stability for their family. They strongly believe that education is the key to a better life, and hope to give their children the opportunities they didn’t have access to. The stability that the garden provides for Yon’s income means that his children are able to finish school without fear of moving or lacking money to pay tuition.

Family gardens provide hope that anchors families. They fulfill the most basic needs of food and nutrition, but they also provide stability in income and education. The incredibly limited size of Yon’s garden seemed hopeless at first, but he has not only overcome the challenge but is flourished with his new garden.

This season you can give the gift of hope in the form of a family garden. Your support would help farmers like Yon to find sustainable income, nutritious food, and education for their children. Gardens are a source of health and stability, and this Christmas can be a gift of hope to farmers in partnering communities.

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