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On Farms Across the U.S., Refugee Farmers Are Going Back To Their Roots

On Farms Across the U.S., Refugee Farmers Are Going Back To Their Roots

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(Photo: Sandy Huffaker/IRC/Facebook) This year, the U.S. will accept up to 70,000 refugees from around the world. But entry to the U.S. doesn’t mean a sure shot to success. For a farmer from Africa, a regular nine to five job in a cubicle isn’t ideal.

That’s why in 2009, the International Rescue Committee, a New York-based international NGO that brings aid and relief to refugees, started the New Roots program. IRC works with local municipalities in the U.S. to turn unused land into small-scale community farms where refugees can grow produce.

In 2013, the program took it a step further and created the MicroProducer Academy, funded by Chipotle’s Cultivate Foundation. Chipotle granted New Roots with $200,000 to launch a school for refugees to get practical business skills on how to turn farming into a small business venture. In 2014, they renewed the grant, this time worth $500,000 to cover costs until […]

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