Real Food

Savor the flavors of everyday real food, fresh from the garden or stored on your pantry shelves.

Add to My MSN

Rooting a New Livelihood

12/10/2010 8:58:30 AM

Tags:

 

Moving homes is difficult, but having to uproot from your home country and find a way to adapt and support yourself is even harder. That’s why some innovated community members started New Roots for Refugees, a program that helps resettle women refugees in Kansas City, Kan.

Training for the refugees focuses on the strengths and experience they already possess, helping to make the adjustment to the United States easier. The program helps the women start their own small farm businesses by growing and selling vegetables. Participants start farming with a lot of training and support, and as their businesses become established and they develop more skills, they transition to greater financial and managerial independence. Eventually, each farmer can move onto land of her own and operate independently.

New Roots for Refugees was started by Catholic Charities and the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture (KCCUA). The program offers case management, job development opportunities and English as a Second Language. The KCCUA Training Farm is located at Juniper Gardens, a public housing site in Kansas City, Kan. The produce grown by New Roots for Refugees is available at the Brookside farmers market, the Overland Park Market, the KCK Greenmarket at Juniper Gardens and the CSA subscription program.

If you want to help by donating to New Roots for Refugees, here are some of the items they are looking for:

• Shovels

• Hoes

• Hand spades

• Sprinklers

• Spray nozzles

• Tomato stakes or cages

• Utility wagons

• Plastic buckets

• Wooden crates

• Baskets

• Brightly colored table cloths

For more information about the effort, visit the New Roots for Refugees About Us page and check out this video:

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-aGx0RcoCw&feature=player_embedded 

Similar programs include the International Rescue Committee’s nationwide program, New Roots Community Farm in San Diego, Calif. and Pennsylvania’s Refugee Resettlement Program.

What cool, creative programs are going on in your local food system?

 



Related Content

Living Off the Grid: Food Tastes Better, Sleep is Sweeter, Mind is Calmer

Kate and Jeff are building their off-the-grid dream near Taos, New Mexico. As they build themselves ...

Paying It Forward

Cam describes how an act of kindness many years ago has inspired him to help others.

Rooting a New Livelihood

New Roots for Refugees, a program in the Kansas City area, helps fleeing refugees establish a new ho...

Urban Farms Bike Tour = Sunday Fun Day Adventure

Kansas City has a thriving city farming scene, and recently hosted an urban farms tour to showcase s...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 










Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.