Community team works today, or whatever it’s called, a thing at work; so I spent the day volunteering at New Roots, a refugee community garden in west valley city.
We planted perennials to schmooze the bees when they bring in hives, built trellises for long beans and dug a trench to fix a broken wire on a water timer line.
New Roots caters to newer refugee applicants from all over the world; one of the reps said many are from Burma, but this year there’s even a woman from Ethiopia, one from Chad. They bring their babies on their backs, and families to help them garden. What else do I remember— the program is especially helpful to women who otherwise have nothing to do during the day, nobody to talk to, and are often just stuck around their new homes in a strange environment.
Local volunteers teach the refugees the best water irrigation techniques to use here in Utah (a drip system), though many refugees are used to some kind of farming and have a lot of their own efficient and resourceful techniques from their home.
The garden gives families the opportunity to grow otherwise ethnic and foreign crops locally, providing them with familiar nutrition, health, economic opportunities, a chance to socialize and more.
I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the folks of the irc & new roots farms today. Thanks, job, for providing the benefits.