If you don’t know about the New Roots program and the International Rescue Committee, take a moment to review their website. Their goal is comprehensive and grass roots…almost literally. THe IRS is a top-rate humanatarian organanization and their program New Roots helps support hundreds of resettled refugees as they grow fresh, nutritious produce for themselves and their new communities.
Here’s one CNN reporter’s experience in one garden of plenty:
About six months ago, I found myself standing in the middle of the International Rescue Committee’s New Roots community farm in the City Heights section of San Diego. It was there that I met Luchia, a refugee from Uganda who now lives with her daughters in City Heights. She is one of the strongest, most determined women I have ever met, so beautiful and proud.
She was there to meet me, show me her garden plot, and then, take me home to cook traditional Ugandan fare. When we met it was actually a little chilly out and her natural instinct was to wrap her arms around me, making sure that her scarf was wrapped around me too. Needless to say, it was an instant connection and she welcomed me within a heartbeat.