New Roots in America
The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program helps recently resettled refugees to become self-sufficient and contribute to their new home in the United States 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. Spanning 22 U.S. cities, New Roots is an essential part of the IRC’s broader efforts in over 40 countries to help communities build a more secure and sustainable future.
When refugees arrive in the United States, they have left everything familiar behind. The IRC's New Roots program brings refugees together to share experiences and feel a connection to their new home through community gardening and nutrition and micro-enterprise programs.
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How We Help
The IRC is helping refugees set down new roots in the U.S. by:
- Supporting home and community gardens
- Providing greater access to fresh and healthy foods
- Reconnecting them with familiar agricultural traditions
- Giving them a chance to share the tastes of home with their new neighbors
- Creating opportunities to earn income by selling their produce
- Supporting small farms and other refugee-owned businesses
- Developing job opportunities in agriculture and other industries