Friday, December 4, 2015

New Graduates!

This year we have three families who graduated from the New Roots for Refugees program. All three families completed four years of training at the Juniper Gardens training farm. They spent thousands of hours in the garden, maintaining their crops to sell at market. Each family attended weekly farmer’s markets, learned how to keep records, provided vegetables to CSA friends, paid sales taxes and improved their English with tutors. They have learned to grow new crops that are familiar to their American friends, while also growing crops familiar to their families and ethnic community members. Two of the three families have bought a house with land to grow on, and the other family plans to do so in 2016. 

Most importantly, all three families have provided high quality, organic, fresh produce to the greater Kansas City community for the past four years- and we are grateful to them. We look forward to many more years of growing with these folks. Look for them at market next year as they begin the next chapter of their urban farm business- striking out on their own!

Ah Tun and San Win (San Win not pictured here) 

If you want to learn how you can support our graduates through a volunteer work day, becoming a CSA friend, helping them by designing a logo and/or branding, or any other ideas you may have- please contact us!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall is Here!

As the weather shifts to cool mornings and shorter days, we transition from markets and harvesting to English classes, workshops and evaluations. We spend several weeks meeting with farmers to review the sales goals they set for the season, talk about their crops and make a plan for next year. It’s an exciting time of both reflection and dreaming- we spend a lot of time thinking of ways to make our program better. We’ll also be gearing up for our English classes. Tutors meet with small groups of farmers in their homes to practice counting back change, completing wholesale invoices and interacting with customers at market. We are always looking for people who are interested in engaging with farmers in this way, so contact us if you’re interested! In the meantime, we’ve still been having workshops and are finishing out markets. Farmers are cleaning the fields and volunteers are helping with projects around the farm before the first frost comes. We’ll have a fall celebration in a few weeks to culminate the end of the season. Come out and see us! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summertime Bounty

The summer is in full swing and we’ve been busy with the abundance of the gardens. Farmers are in the field most days harvesting in the mornings and evenings to beat the heat and bringing all the summer colors to market. The rows are bursting with produce waiting to be harvested and we are running trying to do it all! Wholesale orders are picking up, markets are full of people buying fresh produce and our tables are overflowing. In the meantime, we’re still doing weekly workshops, recordkeeping, field walks, events and gearing up for the FALL. We're going strong and asking you to keep going with us- come to our events, buy produce at market and eat at the restaurants that buy from us.

If you’re in KC this weekend and HUNGRY at all, please go to Local Pig’s food truck in the bottoms and order the special. A portion of the money from each special that is ordered goes directly to our program! We’re grateful to have such amazing partners here in the KC local movement. Until next time, come see us at markets this week!

Noodle beans, squash blossoms and 
all the herbs you can imagine!

Alicia assisting farmers with recordkeeping- 
this is the first year we are teaching farmers to 
budget using quickbooks!
Tula setting up outside Urban Provisions and Local Pig- come buy the special this weekend and a portion of the proceeds helps refugee farmers start small businesses!

We’ve still got the roots you need- come buy carrots, 
beets and radishes at the market this week!
Summer workshops are still in full swing- last week we focused on wholesale practices.