About the Land Bank
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a humanitarian organization dedicated to serving refugees and underserved communities in San Diego. We work with a community of refugee and local resident farmers to grow fresh, sustainably-grown produce at various farm and garden sites in the area. Many of the farmers grow crops for subsistence; others sell their crops at local farmers’ markets and restaurants.
The IRC Land Bank is working to connect socially-disadvantaged farmers with farmable land in nearby communities. These farmers have participated in IRC farm training programs are in need of more land to establish or expand their farm businesses. By inviting socially disadvantaged farmers on to your property you will be helping to build economic self-reliance for underserved populations, keep land in agriculture for future generations, and bring more local, fresh, healthy foods to San Diego!
Whether you have a vacant urban lot or multiple acres of designated farmland, we’d love to hear from you! We are especially interested in little to no cost opportunities. We will help link a farmer to your property and help facilitate leasing.
How the IRC Land Bank Works
1. Interested landowners will fill out the IRC Land Bank Landowner Application Form and submit it online, by email, or hardcopy via mail, or by dropping it off at the IRC in San Diego Office .
2. IRC staff will use your application to learn about you, your available land, and any conditions you may have for its use.
3. IRC staff will link appropriate land with IRC beneficiaries that have completed IRC training programs and work with you to make a good match. (If farmers that match your farmland criteria are not available at that time, we will keep your land in our database and check back in with you in the future.)
4. When a good link has been established, IRC will assist farmers in the leasing process.
Questions? Please contact Kaley at Kaley.Hearnsberger@Rescue.org or +1 619 641 7510 ext. 302.