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I arrived in the United States in 2010 from a refugee camp in Thailand. I have over 30 years of farming experience in my country of origin which is Burma (Myanmar). Growing produce native to southeast Asia is my specialty, of course, but you will find that my traditional vegetables are excellent as well. I am now a farmer with Global Greens. I am delighted to be able to continue farming in Iowa, and I hope you can experience some of that delight in my fresh produce.
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. Ta Kaw Paw is in her 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.