Over the last two years NCAT has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide on-farm training to refugee farmers. For our readers who are unfamiliar with the role of the IRC, here is a little background: the IRC is dedicated to minimizing the many challenges that affect the global south. They respond to the world’s natural and man-made crises by helping refugees to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives.
In the Sacramento area, IRC has invested time and resources in developing a community farm for refugees from the Middle East and parts of Asia. The farm serves as a place for community building, capacity building, and practical business management training.
This project has united refugees from around the globe, including from Bhutan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Through our partnership with IRC, NCAT has given many workshops on farm management covering marketing, business management, pest management, and planning for the season. In the coming months we will be tackling topics such as season extension, diseases, and record keeping.
Several of the farmers we have trained have taken part in marketing efforts on the farm and in neighboring communities. Their expanding marketing efforts include starting a farm stand, located at 419 Regatta Lane, West Sacramento, CA. Pay them a visit and buy a bunch of kale. Your support would be much appreciated.