Afua Baidoo Davis and her family came to VINES to learn how to put their backyard to productive use. “My daughter came home and told me about the program. She said ‘well, we have a big enough backyard. We should think about learning skills in gardening.” Volunteering with VINES gave Afua and her three kids: Janiah, Louis and Jadyn, the opportunity to get out of the house during the coronavirus and safely meet new people in the community.
The Baidoo-Davis family volunteered at many of the community garden work days this summer. “We got to get out in the sun!" says Afua. "When the kids are home they are watching TV, playing video games or doing their own thing. This way we were all together and we got to do something besides be home."
When Afua met Community Gardens Manager Christina “CZ” Zawerucha, a great friendship formed. As the two of them got to know one another, Afua revealed that she loved to cook, and African dishes were her specialty as she immigrated to Brooklyn from Ghana as a teenager. This rolled into an idea for the Baidoo-Davis family to host a Gahanaian Cooking Night for the VINES Green Thumb Workshop Series.
The whole family got into the event. Afua’s son, Louis, prepared a playlist of Ghanaian music to get attendees in the spirit. Jadyn, Afua’s daughter, created an information sheet about Ghana, as well. The event, during which attendees learned how to make jollof rice, was viewed by attendees both on the Urban Farm and virtually via Zoom. It was a VINES workshop to remember, and it truly spread joy and raised spirits during a time that was so tough for so many.
Read more about the Baidoo-Davis family and other great VINES volunteers and projects on our Storytelling page.