New Roots celebrates another successful season
As the summer comes to a close and fall begins, we celebrate a successful season for New Roots. We end the season with a new documentary by Green Living Project that premiered at Salt Lake City's 100 Mile Dinner. The film introduces viewers to Siddiq, Ahmed and Lucy, refugees from Sudan and Burma, as they build new lives in Salt Lake City as farmers in the New Roots program.
In other New Roots news, the Neighborhood Farm Stand made a total of $12,891 in sales, with all money going directly to refugee farmers. Our highest gorssing week was August 31st, when the farm stand brought in just over $1,500 in one day. Top farm stand sellers for the season include peppers, cherry tomatoes, roselle and pumpkin shoots. Farmers provided close to 900 pounds of tomatoes alone for the farm stand! Our most frequent farm stand goers were members of the Burmese and Bhutanese populations, with Central and West African customers buying primarily during the late-summer weeks.
In addition to the farm stand, we increased retail sles this season to local restaurants and grocery stores. As of Mid-October, farmers have sold nearly $8,000 worth of produce in retail sales! This amount more than doubles the sales from last year. Our sincerest gratitude goes out to all who have supported the New Roots program and helped the refugee and low-income communities access fresh, affordable produce.