Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summertime Bounty

The summer is in full swing and we’ve been busy with the abundance of the gardens. Farmers are in the field most days harvesting in the mornings and evenings to beat the heat and bringing all the summer colors to market. The rows are bursting with produce waiting to be harvested and we are running trying to do it all! Wholesale orders are picking up, markets are full of people buying fresh produce and our tables are overflowing. In the meantime, we’re still doing weekly workshops, recordkeeping, field walks, events and gearing up for the FALL. We're going strong and asking you to keep going with us- come to our events, buy produce at market and eat at the restaurants that buy from us.

If you’re in KC this weekend and HUNGRY at all, please go to Local Pig’s food truck in the bottoms and order the special. A portion of the money from each special that is ordered goes directly to our program! We’re grateful to have such amazing partners here in the KC local movement. Until next time, come see us at markets this week!




Noodle beans, squash blossoms and 
all the herbs you can imagine!




Alicia assisting farmers with recordkeeping- 
this is the first year we are teaching farmers to 
budget using quickbooks!
Tula setting up outside Urban Provisions and Local Pig- come buy the special this weekend and a portion of the proceeds helps refugee farmers start small businesses!


We’ve still got the roots you need- come buy carrots, 
beets and radishes at the market this week!
Summer workshops are still in full swing- last week we focused on wholesale practices.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Urban Grown: Farms and Gardens Tour

New Roots’ partner program, Cultivate KC, is having their annual Urban Grown Tour this weekend! We are proud to have three graduate farm sites and our training farm site featured on the tour. It’s a great weekend for people in the community to see a variety of urban farms and gardens around Kansas City- to glean ideas for home gardens, learn what it takes to run a farming business in Kansas City, and to get inspired by neighbors that work together to feed their communities. It is a self-guided tour and the farmers will be present to answer questions and show you around. If you’ve been curious about what we do on a day-to-day basis, or you want to see some of the successful business ventures of our graduates, this is your chance! Take a look below to see which New Roots farmers to visit.

Karen Fresh: Lay Htoo
5626 Farrow Ave, KCK
Ki Ko Ko Farm: Pay Lay and Beh Paw Gaw
4900 Yecker Ave, KCK 

Garden of Peace: Aye Aye Nu
216 S. Bethany Street, KCK


Juniper Gardens Training Farm: New Roots
100 N. Richmond Ave, KCK

Friday, June 12, 2015

Generosity

We are continually humbled by the farmers at New Roots for Refugees. They are always giving us a new perspective- showing us a new way to look at the world. They teach us how to go with the flow, how to laugh even when things aren’t going our way, and how to be generous.

Yesterday one of the farmers in our program, SiSi Cho, brought extra produce to the market. She knew there was an emergency assistance location with a food pantry just a few doors down from where we were selling. She wanted to give the pantry extra produce from her garden. SiSi explained that when they were in the refugee camp, everything they had was donated. UNHCR and people from other countries brought food, donated clothes and gave oil. Everything they had was donated, and they needed it- they had nothing. Now that she has enough, she wants to donate what she has to help people who need it. She said they are also able to send money every month to the camp they lived in- mostly for oil they need. She wants to help people that need it, like her family was helped in Thailand.

Every day at New Roots for Refugees, we are able to interact with people from different countries who have struggled- people who have fled their countries, left their families and come to the United States to start a new life. Each one of them has a unique story, a reason for joining our program and a reason to hope. And they have much to teach us. We are so honored to be a part of their story- and are glad to be partners in their struggle to create a new life here.