This year we have three families who graduated from the New Roots for Refugees program. All three families completed four years of training at the Juniper Gardens training farm. They spent thousands of hours in the garden, maintaining their crops to sell at market. Each family attended weekly farmer’s markets, learned how to keep records, provided vegetables to CSA friends, paid sales taxes and improved their English with tutors. They have learned to grow new crops that are familiar to their American friends, while also growing crops familiar to their families and ethnic community members. Two of the three families have bought a house with land to grow on, and the other family plans to do so in 2016.
Most importantly, all three families have provided high quality, organic, fresh produce to the greater Kansas City community for the past four years- and we are grateful to them. We look forward to many more years of growing with these folks. Look for them at market next year as they begin the next chapter of their urban farm business- striking out on their own!
Ah Tun and San Win (San Win not pictured here)