This program reconnects former refugee farmers with the land as they build their new life in the U.S. Through Global Greens, farmers can access space to grow food, learn more about U.S. agriculture, and start their own business by selling produce at our Farmers’ Market and in our CSA.
Bizimana spent years in a Tanzanian refugee camp after fleeing his home country of Burundi, and he dreamed of one day continuing his family’s legacy of farming. When his family was relocated to Iowa, he joined LSI’s Global Greens program. He now grows his favorite foods from Burundi while building his own business.
For individuals interested in starting small farming businesses, we provide land access, business development assistance, and technical support at Global Greens Farm. Global Greens Farm is a 6.5 incubator farm located at and in partnership with Valley Community Center in West Des Moines. Since the program began, Global Greens farmers’ total gross sales are more than a quarter million dollars.
We also offer continued support for program graduates who now rent farms in the Des Moines Metro
Buy fresh local veggies for your family and meet our hardworking farmers at the weekly Farmers’ Market!
LSI Global Greens Farmers’ Market
3200 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311
June – October
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday
You can also find us online at the Iowa Food Coop!
The Iowa Food Coop operates as an online farmers’ market, offering convenient year-round access to hundreds of food and non-food products directly from Iowa farmers and artisans.
Thanks to partnerships with the City of Des Moines, volunteers, and private landowners, we can connect former refugee families to small garden plots near their homes.
If you are interested in providing space for a garden, we would love to talk with you! Please contact Lynette.Thornton@lsiowa.org for more information.