Local Farmers Help San Diegans Connect To Their Roots Through Agriculture
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Aired 5/7/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Ralph Achenbach, food security & community health supervisor with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego
Hamadi Machiwa is a Somali refugee and a member of the Bantu tribe who works with the Bahati Mama's, a group of six Somali women refugees who farm at New Roots farms in City Heights and Escondido.
Robin Tayor is co-owner of Suzie's Farm, a 140-acre farm located south of Imperial Beach.
Eating locally grown produce is more than a trend in San Diego. For many, it has become a way of life.
San Diego County has more small farms than any other county in the United States. A lot of the farm fresh produce is sold in the thriving farmers markets scattered around the county and in community-supported agriculture or CSA produce delivery programs.
Now, a group of accomplished San Diego farmers have their own CSA program. The farmers of the International Rescue Committee's New Roots Community Farm come from countries as diverse as Somalia, Burma, Iraq and Bhutan. They grow food for themselves but also turned their skills into a business.