Wednesday, October 17, 2012

End-of-Season Sights

This is a good time of year for farmers and program staff to take a moment and reflect on the season.  Some things, like price signs at market, may seem small, but to us these represent major steps taken and significant skills learned this season.  For the first time in program history, by the end of this season every single New Roots farmer was writing their own price signs for each and every market.  For many farmers, learning to speak, read, and write English is a major barrier to developing successful businesses - and through many many days of practice and studying, they are all at least one step closer today than they were at the beginning of the season.  Great work, farmers!
Summer intern, Marianne, arranged a cooking class with NR farmer Nyakang Kuoth. Thank you to everyone who showed up to make it such a fun event.  A special thank you as well to the Womens Foundation of Greater Kansas City for providing funds to help us hire Marianne this season.  She has coordinated amazing events and formed a girls' group to reach out to and empower the daughters & nieces of farmers.  We will miss your smile and amazing work, Marianne!
Market staff distribute SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and Senior Voucher tokens at the Juniper Gardens farmers market. Thanks to the Beans & Greens program our urban core markets don't only take SNAP/EBT, but we are able to provide customers with low-incomes DOUBLE their benefits when they use the money to buy fresh, locally grown produce. Our urban core markets see a great mix of shoppers too - How many of the languages on our sign do you recognize?!
Khadijo is using a short hoe to do her fall garden cleaning.  This has been Khadijo's last year growing at Juniper Gardens. We will all miss her wonderful attitude & well-behaved, beautiful children around the farm.  She has worked so incredibly hard at her farm, and her English is excellent! Khadijo now has a house with a large side lot in which she will continue her small farm business.  Stop by and support her new farm next summer at Merriam market!

Ma Than prefers a machete to chop down the last of her Burmese Sorrel (Chin Baung) at the first sign of chilly weather. 

It's a chilly day for market, but do you know what is still in season?

Thank you from all the New Roots farmers for your support this growing season! 

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