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New Roots Farm Program expands to Draper

In partnership with Salt Lake County, the New Roots Micro-Training Farm Program is expanding to include a 13-acre parcel of land nestled behind Draper's Wheadon Park. New Roots in Salt Lake provides refugee farmers with land, training and marketing support in the direct selling of produce to consumers. The expansion will allow three new refugee farmers to enroll in the incubator program.

International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City's New Roots program staff stand with refugee farmers at the newly expanded farm site.

Chris Natalie (left), New Roots farm incubator specialist, and Sarah Duke (second from right), New Roots farm coordinator, stand with refugee farmers at the expansion site near Wheadon Park in Draper.

Photo: Sara Valerious/IRC

For the 2018 growing season, New Roots will cultivate 3 acres on the Wheadon site, effectively doubling production from last year where New Roots farmers provided locally grown produce to over 500 families through the Sunnyvale Farmers Market and sold nearly $40,000 worth of produce to local businesses and schools. The land—farmed organically for a number of years—will host the program’s most advanced farmers. New Roots farmers sell produce to local businesses, restaurants, the Sunnyvale Farmers Market and Liberty Park Market.

New Roots is currently looking for new partners/buyers for the 2018 growing season. If you are a local business interested in providing fresh, local produce to your customers or employees—contact Sara Valerious, New Roots local food markets coordinator, at Sara.Valerious [at] rescue.org (subject: 2018%20Growing%20Season%20-%20Partnership) .

Additionally, hands-on group volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the year for businesses, civic and church groups hoping to support New Roots in Salt Lake and refugee farmers. Learn more about group volunteer opportunities by emailing VolunteerSLC [at] rescue.org (subject: New%20Roots%20Group%20Volunteer%20-%20Inquiry) .