3rd Annual New Roots Harvest Festival
IRC´s New Roots Program in New York celebrated another year of Bronx bounty at its 3rd annual Harvest Festival. Perfect fall weather welcomed a diverse group of local community members, partner organizations as well as IRC clients, staff and volunteers to Drew Gardens.
Food and good company were complimented by hands-on learning – festival goers discussed the unique and varied crops grown at the garden, learned about seed saving practices, and tasted local Bronx honey while getting a tutorial on bee-keeping. Harlem gardener and “Canning Queen”, Classie Parker, enthusiastically engaged her audience by holding a canning demonstration which taught the best and tastiest ways to preserve the harvest for the cold months to come. Children used leaves, sticks and rocks to create works of art with the Bronx River Arts Center.
The learning component and sense of community experienced at the Harvest Festival represents the underlying goal of New Roots – to teach food production skills and assist newly arrived refugees and asylees as they integrate into their new neighborhoods. As the cooler weather sets in, New Roots in New York enjoys the seasonal goodness, preserved harvest and plans for a productive 2014!