For Asmahan Ramadan
, whose family owned land and engaged in
traditional agriculture in
their original Palestinian village, Zakaria, near Jerusalem, the experience of rooftop gardening has made her feel more connected to her family’s past.
“It gives me a connection to the land. My family was farmers and I’ve come back to my roots,” said Ramadan, who was born in the Dheisheh refugee camp. “It gives me the feeling like I’m sitting in a big field. This is my big field.