Refugees grow community gardens 3


Want to make a difference here in our community? Global Gardens is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping refugees from Somalia, Burundi, Congo and Burma to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Bosnia and beyond. These refugees are provided with a garden spot on donated land where they can learn agricultural practices and raise food for their families.

While many gardens have been planted, Global Gardens is always searching for more land to offer these refugee families. Katie Paint, the Global Gardens Coordinator explains why there is a need for more land.

“We are currently looking for parcels one acre or larger with irrigation or well water so that graduating farmers may have more space than the quarter acre plots available at our farm,” explains Paint.

Not only do these refugees eat what they grow, the Somali Bantu refugees also sell a portion of the produce grown in the gardens at the Capital City Market and the Boise Farmers Market. Support these growers by purchasing their wares.

Before the produce makes it to the market, it has to be harvested. The Global Garden at the Five Mile Farm welcomes volunteers on Fridays to help the refugees with the harvest. If you want to help with the harvest, contact Global Gardens for more information.

Another way you can assist is by joining the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA is similar to Bountiful Baskets, though it differs because all produce purchased is grown locally. By purchasing a CSA you are directly supporting refugee families. These refugees learn how to become business owners, work on their English, and spend quality time with their families while growing nutritious local produce.