International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Photos: Lunch on the farm with chef David Burke

It's a scorching first day of summer in New York City, but down by the Bronx River the New Roots Farm at Drew Gardens is a green oasis.

The community farm, one of many the International Rescue Committee supports across the United States, is a place where refugees who have fled war and persecution can grow nutritious food for their families and plant new roots in their adopted neighborhoods.
 
Star chef David Burke visited the refugee farmers at Drew Gardens today and improvised a gourmet lunch with herbs and greens gathered from the farm. He dubbed a refreshing medley of shrimp, tomato and peach "On the river, on the fly." It was accompanied by basil, fennel, lemon balm, shisho, rainbow Swiss chard, mustard greens, garlic and purple bok choy — all tossed with Chef Burke's zingy signature vinaigrette.
 
One IRC colleague who tried it declared it "Delicious!!" Here are a few quick pics she shared from her iPhone after lunch:
 
Chef David Burke improvises a lunch at the IRC's New Roots Farm at Drew Gardens, Bronx, NYC
 
Chef David Burke (left) improvises lunch on the farm, using produce grown by refugees in the IRC's New Roots  program.
 
 
Chef David burke serves a shrimp, tomato and peach medley he cooked at the IRC's New Roots Farm at Drew Gardens, Bronx, NYC

Chef Burke serves up a delicious shrimp, tomato and peach medley accented with herbs from the farm.
The dish was accompanied by tangy greens grown by the refugee farmers.

 
 
Refugee farmers with chef David Burke at the IRC New Roots farm in the Bronx, NYC
 
Taking a break for a photo with David Burke (L-R): Erimias Woldeab from Eritrea; Yousef Hussein from Sudan; Sabah Kadhim from Iraq; Winnie Aye and Ah Ra Hkinphang from Myanmar. (Kneeling): Aung Sai Lin from Myanmar.
 
Photos: Lucy Carrigan/IRC
 

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