Friday, December 19, 2008

New Roots Recap!

Objects in motion stay in motion, objects at rest stay at rest...
And I have been the latter.
As our season has drawn to a close, I've slowed down a bit... and its been nice! Sorry for the lack of updates, I'll try and make up for it today. So, let's take it back to October!
At the end of October, we harvested for the last time and attended our last market. This is Pelagie with some of her sweet potatoes. They were small, but really tasty.

Rukia had TONS of greens and spent much of the day sitting at the salad spinner.
Rukia is consistantly joyful at the farm.

Khadijo and her flock help clean their greens.

Aye Aye and her last green beans of the season.

At the end of October, we had the privilege of hosting the National RAPP (Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program) Workshop. Colleagues from across the US came to Kansas City to talk about Refugees and Agriculture. It was a great few days, and I've got pages of notes to prove it. I'm excited to be a part of a supportive network interested in growing good food and empowering refugees.
The first two days were spent inside hearing from one another about our projects and the lessons we have learned. The third day we headed over to KCCUA to learn about their high tunnels and community greenhouse.
Katherine shows RAPP participants around the greenhouse!

Daniel talks about the different high tunnels at KCCUA.

Showing high tunnell construction.

Some of the participants aboard the Catholic Charities bus!

The last night we all went to Al Towfiq, a Somali restaurant here in Kansas City. The food was plentiful and tasty, and it was great to be together in a non-formal setting.
More Al Towfiq...

After the RAPP conference ended, we got back to work and had individual conferences with all of the farmers. We talked about all of the good things that happened this year, and what they want to do different next year.
Our growers workshops started at the end of November. All of our farmers from last year and our four new farmers have been included in the workshops, which have focused on field maps, marketing and the basics of growing vegetables. Its been incredible to see how much the women's knowledge has grown in just one year. I cannot wait to get planting again...
(ok, maybe I can :)
Meet two of our new farmers:

Zawadi Daniel is from Burundi and lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania. She cares for her niece and nephew, Mariam and Ntibi who are in elementary school. Zawadi had a wonderful community garden plot, and I am thrilled that she will be going to market this year. She is an extremely warm person, and is loved by everyone that knows her. Zawadi lives in Juniper Gardens and will able to walk to the farm everyday.

Kabibi is also from Burundi via Tanzania. She lives in Juniper Gardens as well with her two sons, Felix and Elias. Kabibi is a wonderful singer and a great gardener. Her plot last year was meticulously cared for, and I'm looking forward to helping her make money at the farmer's market.

Look for bios of our other new farmers soon!
Merry Christmas from New Roots.

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