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Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Kale, Onions, Peas, Sweet Peppers, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Spinach, Summer Squash, Winter Squash|
Gardening as a family group has been an integral part of our lives since the time we were born. From a very young age we each worked in our families’ gardens and have raised a variety of produce such as beans, corn, eggplant, peanuts, tomatoes, bananas and potatoes. The two of us were both born in Burundi and later moved to Uganda, before moving to a Tanzanian refugee camp. Today, we are farmers at Global Greens Farm and are growing much of the produce that we are familiar with growing from Africa. We have now been in the United States for 7 years and have 6 children (2 boys and 4 girls). We enjoy spending time together in the garden and passing along this important part of our cultural heritage to our children in our new country.
There are currently 25 families of farmers from Bhutan, Burma, Burundi and Rwanda farming at Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Global Greens Farm. Global Greens Farm is a four acre incubator farm located in West Des Moines, and all produce grown there is Certified Naturally Grown. Global Greens provides individuals who immigrated as refugees the opportunity to reconnect to the land through farming. The program provides three to five years of land use, marketing assistance and farming advice to the farmers on their way to becoming independent business owners. Chantal and Alex are in their second year of the Global Greens program.
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All produce is Certified Naturally Grown. Global Greens Farm represents a fusion of modern technology with old world farming practices (aka lots of human power). Aside from the initial tilling of the land in April, all farming is done by hand.