Food for Thought
Right now, the International Rescue Committee (a humanitarian organization founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein) is raising money to support New Roots, a program enabling resettled refugee farmers to rebuild their lives in the United States and become productive and engaged members of their new communities.
We love this idea, which started in 2009, when the IRC helped resettle some 7,000 refugees in the U.S. — all displaced due to persecution, conflict, and disaster. Nearly half were from agrarian backgrounds and arrived here with agricultural expertise. Through community gardening, nutrition education, and small-business farming, New Roots is giving these men and women the tools and training they need to grow healthy and affordable food and become self-sufficient. Across a network stretching from San Diego to the South Bronx, from Seattle to Charlottesville, they’re revitalizing urban spaces, sharing their homegrown crops at neighborhood farmers’ markets, and rebuilding local food systems.
This effective, community-based solution is a worthy cause — and you can help. Make a tax-deductible gift now to the organization (it’s a great time, as Newman’s Own is matching gifts dollar for dollar). The goal is $45,000; today’s total is just a little over $12,500. Visit rescue.org for details.