Neighborhood Farm Stand Starts August 20th
The IRC's Neighborhood Farm Stand project is intended to support refugee farmers in Salt Lake City while increasing access to healthy, affordable vegetables. The farm stand will be sourcing vegetables grown by farmers involved in the New Roots refugee agriculture program, a program in collaboration with Salt Lake County, the Utah Refugee Coalition and the IRC. Refugee farmers participating in the farm stand will receive financial literacy and market preparedness training, and will have a hands-on role in selling the produce they have grown. This will help them increase their potential as market farmers while also providing a supplementary income for their families and community organizations.
By supporting the IRC farm stand, customers will have the opportunity to support farmers like Rosabel, a refugee from the Congo who was resettled in Salt Lake City by the IRC. Before coming to the United States in 2009, Rosabel had spent over 17 years farming and teaching agriculture in his home country of the Congo and in neighboring Gabon, a small state in central western Africa. With a degree in agricultural engineering, and over eight years of experience as a college professor teaching agriculture related topics, Rosabel is eager to continue pursuing opportunities in local agriculture. Participation in the farm stand will allow him to maintain his identity as a farmer and develop valuable local marketing and entrepreneurial skills.
The farm stand, which will be held at the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center located at 1234 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City. The farm stand will open for business starting Saturday, August 20th through the end of October with a variety of seasonal produce available. For more information contact Grace Henley at Grace.Henley@rescue.org or 801.328.1091.