Our New Roots program is off to a great start in 2018! Here are a few updates and announcements we have to share:
- New Roots' annual Micro Producer Academy started in mid-January, with a total of 6 students, all IRC clients from Bhutan and Afghanistan. Through this program, students learn skills such as crop planning, record keeping and financial planning, and then get to apply these skills in the field this spring. Local restaurants like Orzo, Ivy Inn, and Three Penny Café will be serving produce from these farmers starting in April, and you'll get the chance to purchase some for yourself at the Michie Market Farm Stand beginning in June. Follow the New Roots Facebook page for updates on the market.
- Three Bhutanese community leaders who are trained in trauma-informed education began leading the third Community Wellness Workshop with other Bhutanese families this past Sunday. Thanks to Hearthwood Apartments for providing a space to gather!
- Registration is now open for the Faith-Rooted Food Justice conference. New Roots partner, Bread and Roses, is hosting the event, which will include activities around creating sustainable change in our local food system, and discussion about theology and spirituality within food justice work. Shantell Bingham, City Schoolyard Garden facilitator for the Charlottesville Food Justice Network will be speaking and leading discussions. Find out more about the conference and register here.
- We are still looking for volunteers interested in serving as garden caretakers, to help support the beauty and community of our garden locations around Charlottesville. You can learn more about the position and apply here.