New Roots is a partnership of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Cultivate KC

Local Produce Grown by Kansas City Farmers

New Roots is a training program that empowers refugees, immigrants and English Language Learner farmers to develop sustainable businesses. 

The collaboration between Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Cultivate KC helps individuals with an agricultural background in their home countries adapt to Kansas City climate and culture while supporting their families.

Our trainee and graduate farmers use organic principles and sell their produce to local restaurants, at farmers markets and through Farm Share subscriptions.

Empowering Refugees, Immigrants & English Language Learners

25 Markets

Farmers and graduates sell at 25 markets across the Kansas City metro, including Lawrence, Overland Park, Independence, Parkville, Lee's Summit and Liberty.

46 Graduates

Of the 46 farmers who graduated through the New Roots program, 31 still grow food and 25 continue to grow and sell in the KC metro.

16 Acres

New Roots graduates currently farm 16 acres of land. The Juniper Gardens training farm, which follows organic practices, has quarter-acre to one-acre plots for each trainee farmer.

Purchase our local, sustainably-grown produce

Farm Share

Sign up for weekly vegetable deliveries and enjoy a season's worth of locally grown, fresh produce.

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Markets

Shop from New Roots farmers and graduates at local farmers markets across the greater Kansas City metro.

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Online

During our Farm Share season, we also sell individual produce items available for pickup at local organizations.

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Interested in purchasing wholesale for a restaurant or other retailer? More Details.

2023 STATISTICS
3
Crop Varieties
3
Farm Share Customers
1
Training Farmers
1
Wholesale Partners

Share in the Harvest

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Support Refugee Farmers by Purchasing a New Roots Farm or Flower Share

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Feature from the main Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas blog

Where We Farm

Not everyone knows about Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA's, so we thought we'd drop a little knowledge. 

CSA's are vegetable subscription services offered by small farms who value selling directly to their customer base. The farmer will provide deliveries of fresh produce weekly throughout the growing season, or sometimes throughout the year. New Roots' CSA is called the Farm Share, and is offered from May through October every year.

There are a variety of consumer benefits that come with subscribing to a CSA.

1. Access to Fresh, Local Produce:
 - Consumers receive a regular supply of fresh, locally grown produce, often harvested at peak ripeness, which can result in higher nutritional value and better taste.

2. Diverse and Seasonal Produce:
 - CSA shares often include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and sometimes other products like eggs, honey, or dairy, exposing consumers to a diverse range of seasonal items.

3. Support for Local Economy:
 - By participating in a CSA, consumers contribute to the local economy and help sustain local farmers, fostering a stronger sense of community.

4. Transparent and Sustainable Practices:
 - CSA encourages transparency in farming practices. Members often have the opportunity to learn about how their food is grown, fostering a connection to the land and promoting sustainable agriculture.

5. Educational Opportunities:
 - CSA models often include educational components such as farm visits, newsletters, or workshops, providing consumers with insights into farming practices and a greater understanding of food production.

6. Reduction in Food Miles:
 - Consumers can reduce their carbon footprint by supporting local agriculture, as the food travels shorter distances from farm to table, resulting in lower transportation-related emissions.

Overall, CSA models contribute to a more sustainable and resilient food system by connecting consumers with local agriculture, promoting environmental stewardship, and supporting the economic viability of small and mid-sized farms. Check out the link in our bio to learn more about the New Roots Farm Share!

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Save the date! The New Roots Transplant Sale will be on April 27, from 9:00am-12:00pm at Juniper Gardens Training Farm. Come pick up some sweet starts for your home garden! See you then!⁠
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Heaters up in the makeshift greenhouse! Under the white covers are the seedlings New Roots farmers-in-training have been tending the last few weeks. These wild swings in temperature are hard on plants, but the climate resilient farmer knows to expect the unexpected. #newroots #kansascity #urbanfarming #2024 #climatechange #thewarmestfebruaryinmemory
📅Mark your calendars, New Roots for Refugees' transplant sale is coming down the pike. April 27th, 9:00-12:00 at Juniper Gardens Training Farm, 100 Richmond Ave, Kansas City, KS.⁠
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Come shop some plants, meet your CSA farmer, and treat yourself to some goodies from local vendors. ⁠
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