International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Michelle Obama tours IRC-sponsored community garden in San Diego

First Lady Michelle Obama toured the IRC-sponsored New Roots Community Farm today in San Diego where she promoted her new national initiative aimed at ending childhood obesity.

The garden in the City Heights neighborhood was created by immigrants and refugees, many resettled by the IRC, last summer. The 2.3 acre farm is tended by refugees from Somalia, Cambodia, Burma, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Vietnam and Guatemala.

A key goal of the farm is to provide greater access to fresh and healthy food and vegetables. The IRC has been the prime organizer and supporter of the farm.  Michelle Obama planted a vegetable patch on the south lawn of the White House shortly after moving in.

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Story: Refugees Plant New Roots at Community Farm

Video: Tour the New Roots Community Farm with YouTube video volunteer LisaNova

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