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Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes, Mustard Greens, Cilantro, Cumin, Roselle, Beans, Lettuce, Wate|
My name is Narad Bastola and my homeland is Bhutan, which neighbors China and India and is located in the Himalayan Mountains. I worked as a farmer and a salesman in Bhutan for over 30 years. My family and I owned an 18 acre farm where we grew a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and livestock. I traveled frequently to India where I sold ginger, oranges, and livestock. I fled to a refugee camp in Nepal due to violence and was resettled to Des Moines in 2009 and am now a farmer with Global Greens Farm. With my many years of farming and sales, I understand the importance of growing and selling high quality produce to a community with a vast variety of tastes.
There are currently 26 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. Narad is in his first 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.