The recent stories and images of both open-hearted welcome and fear-based hostility to the stranger may make it seem as if all the refugees are across the wide Atlantic.

The Atlantic coast of the United States, at Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts. See below for ocean in motion.

Not so. Ryan Koch, Seedleaf's extraordinary director, who writes as beautifully as he cultivates gardens and community, reminds us here that Kentucky Refugee Ministries struggles daily to welcome and provide a workable start for refugees who are sent to Lexington, Kentucky to make a new home. In the indelible words of the young Somali-British poet Warsan Shire:

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land

Perhaps you have wondered how to offer hospitality to families forced to leave their homes and move to a place that requires starting over from scratch, with nothing. Here's a chance to be that welcoming person: bring food and be part of the Welcoming Week Picnic on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, sponsored by Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Seedleaf. Details here.

Ryan has also written powerfully and recently about related topics as well.

Two further opportunities to stretch, offer and receive hospitality and generosity, here among our own neighbors:

  • September 20: 2015 Peace Fair. Bask in the amazing mix of communities and cultures Lexington offers. Details here.
  • October 23: Gen Silent, a documentary film screening, followed by a panel discussion with seasoned LGBT Kentuckians.  7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, at the Thomas Hunt Morgan House, which is at 214 North Broadway in Lexington, Kentucky.

A few more food and agriculture opportunities:

  • "So Many Roads," a five-destination adventure featuring visits to all five restaurants owned by Ouita and Christopher Michel, culminates on September 19 at 6 PM at West Sixth Brewing, with a shindig. Food, tee shirts, and more. Details here.
  • September 20, 4 PM, at West Sixth Brewing, Seedleaf will partner with Transylvania University to present Inhabit, a film about permaculture that includes a vignette featuring Kentucky permaculture practitioner and guide Susan Lein. More details here. (Scroll down.)
  • Also on September 20 (a big day!), starting at 3 PM in LaGrange, Kentucky, the Organic Association of Kentucky hosts a chef-spectacular farm-to-table meal. It's The Dirt Revival. Details here.
  • A family farm in Mercer County (Harrodsburg) boasts a corn maze that honors Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Weekends through October 31. Details here.

Maybe you just came here for the ocean. If so, enjoy it in motion, with seagull. This is the Atlantic Ocean at Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, early morning, July 30, 2015. [Email subscribers, here's your link.]

Sponsors included in this post: The Holly Hill Inn Family of Restaurants, and Seedleaf, the 2015 honorary Savoring Kentucky sponsor.

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