Farm Share with New Roots for Refugees

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New Roots CSA Form background imagePreviously known as “CSA” (Community Supported Agriculture), our “Farm Share” program allows customers to invest in our farm and farmers by paying  upfront or in monthly installments for several weeks of vegetables throughout the season. This gives the customer a chance to deepen their engagement with our program and learn about the seasonality of farming in Kansas City, while giving the farmers an expanded and reliable market for their produce.

This year, we are offering three distinct seasons:

  • Spring Greens Vegetable Share – March 25-April 29 — $16/ week (+ tax)
  • Early Summer Vegetable Share – May 12-July 22  – $24/week (+ tax)
  • Late Summer Vegetable Share – Aug. 4-Oct. 14 – $24/week (+ tax)

Farming Sustains Refugee Families and Community

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.

Catholic Charities, in partnership with Cultivate KC, began New Roots for Refugees, a program to help refugees put down new roots.  New Roots builds on the strengths and experience that the refugees already possess, helping them start their own small farm businesses growing and selling vegetables.  Farming is a familiar livelihood that offers them some measure of self-determination and self-sufficiency, healthy food for their families, extra income, and a way to contribute to their new communities.