Economy Agriculture and Food Systems Urban Farming Helps Refugees

Urban Farming Helps Refugees
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This plot of land in Botanical Heights, once 10 city lots, is now an outdoor classroom. A place where Ghimirey and other refugees are working together to learn about organic food production and, ideally, cultivate a career in farming.

The urban agriculture program, run by the International Institute of St. Louis, is one of 19 across the country that have been funded by grants from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. The grants this year total $1 million nationwide, with typical local awards of about $75,000.


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