New Roots, a program established by the International Rescue Committee, is providing land in a vacant Phoenix downtown lot for refugees to plant their own crops. The program aims to provide people of different backgrounds with a place to congregate while providing them with food and a source of income. Cronkite News reporter Mugo Odigwe has the story.
Eighty refugee farmers have committed to the program, working alongside volunteers and teaching sustainable farming techniques. Click on the slideshow to the left to see photos of farmers preparing the soil, working the land, planting seeds and transplanting young plants.