LSI’s Global Greens agricultural programs coordinate land access, production education and business development training for refugees in the Des Moines metro who want to reconnect with the land.
We’re also proud to grow local, sustainable food that invests in and enriches the lives of people in our community—it’s good food for a great cause!
Many refugee families have agricultural backgrounds, and growing food has so many benefits:
- Reduced grocery costs and better access to healthy produce
- More income and business opportunities for families
- More social connections with neighbors and less isolation
- Emotional healing for refugees who have faced past trauma
- More connections to cultural traditions
- Opportunities to share agricultural traditions with the next generation
Some refugee families want to grow food for home consumption. Thanks to partnerships with the City of Des Moines, organizations and private landowners, we help connect refugee families to small garden plots near their homes.
Other refugees are interested in small business farming to supplement their income long-term. In 2013, we started Global Greens Farm, an urban farm made possible through a land partnership with the Valley Community Center, in West Des Moines.
At Global Greens Farm, beginning market farmers take the first step by cultivating a larger 50’ x 50’ plot of land. Advanced market farmers then move to a ¼ acre sized plot and receive intensive training on crop production, business development and marketing to help them turn their passion into a profitable business. Our food is locally grown and chemical-free. Our food is certified naturally grown. We teach natural and sustainable farming methods and do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. All the seed we plant is non-GMO.
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