Last week, Meredith Walrafen was asked to join two panels to talk about New Roots for Refugees. The first was the event Take 5 at the Nelson Atkins Museum. At these events, four presenters share a five-minute story on a topic, answer questions asked by the moderator, and then move around tables to engage in conversation with the participants. This month’s topic was Food, and Meredith joined executive chef Marwan Chebaro, curator of the museum Catherine Futter, and editor of Harvest Public Media Jeremy Bernfeld to talk about culture, food waste and community. Meredith was able to share about two of the graduates of New Roots, Pay Lay and Beh Paw Gaw. They are sisters from Burma who have been growing on over two acres in Kansas City, KS and selling at farmer’s markets. She talked about the importance of food in their community and the lessons that we can learn just by engaging with women like Pay Lay and Beh Paw Gaw. If you missed out, reach out to Meredith and ask her about it!
Meredith was also invited to speak at Middle of the Map Festival’s Forum Series. She was on a panel titled Local Food: Growing a Better KC. She was joined by fellow local growers, community builders and creative thinkers and moderated by KC Food Circle. Meredith shared about the vision of New Roots and the importance of shopping at local farmer’s markets. She encouraged listeners to push past the awkwardness of language barriers and differing cultures, and engage with New Roots farmers at markets. In return, you’ll try some high quality (and unique!) produce, share stories and recipes, and possibly make a new friend. Check out our market page to see how you can do just that this summer!