Urban Farming Great for Refugees

A Catholic charity in Kansas City got a lot of requests from the immigrants they were assisting from Africa and Asia for a place to plant vegetables. The resulting hybrid of community farm/microbusiness is flourishing.

The Farm Business Development Program was started by the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas City.

"The business program acts as an incubator farm for 14 women. Once accepted into the program -- and after at least one year with a community garden plot -- the farmers receive a quarter-acre plot. For the first year, everything is paid for, including seeds, tools, water, and marketing. Rachel [From the CCNKC] even sets up two CSA members who pay to support the plot's crop. Gradually, the farmers take on more responsibility."

Full Story: Kansas City pioneers new models for urban farms

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