International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New Roots

New Roots, the IRC’s nationwide gardening, micro-enterprise
Uzakboy Djuraev, 42, a refugee from Uzbekistan, works his plot at a New Roots
Kyi Hser, 27, a Burmese refugee, feeds calves at Threemile Canyon Farms
The IRC provides refugees like Puspa Lal Regmi with agricultural training
Bossn Gumaa, a refugee from Sudan, feels at home working at a goat farm
New Roots helps newly-arrived refugees
Bhagiratha Bhattarai, a Bhutanese refugee who arrived in Salt Lake City a year a
Many refugees were farmers in their native countries, says Anchi Mei
Until recently, the San Diego New Roots community farm was a vacant lot
Refugees sell produce grown by fellow refugees at a farmers' market
In the Pauma valley near San Diego, a group of Somali Bantu women meet
Shukri Egal, 17, from Somalia, is participating in an IRC after-school program
The New York City New Roots program is located in the South Bronx
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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.