When refugees are forced to flee their countries, they arrive in the United States with very little. They have left behind relatives and friends; their home; and their jobs. What they bring with them, however, is often a great deal of agricultural expertise.
Cultivate KC, in partnership with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, manages the New Roots for Refugees program, which trains refugees with agricultural experience to become independent farmers. The goal for farmers in the program is to learn how to successfully grow in the Kansas City region and to acquire the marketing skills and confidence to become independent small business owners.
The four-year training program includes (but is not limited to):
Farmers in the program commit to:
More information about the New Roots for Refugees program can be found here.