In 2016, NSC and PHS, its refugee-garden program partner, launched an entrepreneurial garden and farmer-training pilot program. Housed at our Growing Together garden site in Point Breeze, key programmatic initiatives for this year include vetting crops, providing business-development training, and preparing refugee farmer’s for job readiness in the agricultural sector.
On June 29, NSC hosted our first farmers market in our lobby on Arch Street. During market hours, staff and NSC clients were able to purchase affordable, just-picked produce. All of the featured crops were grown locally by three of our refugee farmer-training participants. Carrots, beets, collard greens, green onions and kale were among the fresh-grown offerings.
We’re looking forward to seeing what fresh produce these farmers continue to bring throughout the summer! Stay tuned for more farmer’s-market dates.
–Jenn Hall, NSC Volunteer, Writer