THE FOOD IS LOCAL.
THE STORY IS GLOBAL.
"THE WORLD IS WATCHING WHAT IS GOING ON ON THIS PLOT OF LAND. YOU ARE TRULY DOING PHENOMENAL WORK. IT'S A MODEL FOR THE NATION, FOR THE WORLD."
DURING A VISIT TO THE IRC’S NEW ROOTS COMMUNITY FARM IN SAN DIEGO, APRIL 2010
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with the IRC's New Roots Program.
The IRC’s New Roots program helps refugees become self-sufficient and contribute to their new home through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming. With training, tools and land provided by the IRC, refugees are sharing their agricultural skills and producing affordable, locally grown vegetables and fruit for their families and their neighbors. New Roots is an essential part of the IRC’s broader efforts in over 40 countries to help communities build a more healthy, secure and sustainable future.
NEW ROOTS STORY OF THE MONTH: MEET SIDDIQ ISMAIL
In his native Sudan, Siddiq studied agriculture and used an irrigated method based on rain cycles to improve his harvests.
As one of the most advanced microproducers at the IRC's Salt Lake City New Roots garden, Siddiq has sold his produce locally at an IRC-run farm stand and plans to expand to a farmers market and large Asian grocery store. One day, he hopes to sell to local restaurants as well.
"I plant because it’s important. Farming is my life."
The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. For over 75 years, they have offered lifesaving care and life-changing help to refugees forced to flee from conflict or disaster. The IRC is in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities; the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC is consistently awarded high marks by charity watchdog groups and respected publications for the efficient use of its financial support and the effectiveness of its work. Of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 90¢ goes to programs and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by war or disaster.