The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works around the U.S. and across the globe. We have two offices in Arizona: one in Tucson and the other one right here in Phoenix. The IRC, Phoenix offers various programs including resettlement, economic empowerment, community integration and development, health and wellness, and protection (anti-human trafficking) programs.
New Roots program is part of the economic empowerment program. It focuses on helping refugee farmers who have been uprooted from their home countries resettle here in Phoenix, doing what they know, providing a service to their local community, and creating a livelihood for themselves all at the same time. Over 100 refugee farmers and gardeners in Phoenix benefit from our help.
New Roots Phoenix collaborates with the city of Phoenix, churches, universities, local communities and private and government donors. Phoenix is home to a variety of refugee farms and community gardens which are instrumental in the revitalization of the city. Refugee farmers/gardeners grow crops along with community members. Farmers/gardeners at these cites produce crops free of chemical pesticide/herbicide and chemical fertilizer. In addition to growing common crops refugee farmers/gardeners grow ethnic and medicinal crops. For refugees, these farms and gardens provide healthy food choice, income, an opportunity to exercise, networking opportunity with their and other communities, a space to get away from their traumatic experience and a chance to improve their English language skills.
At a given season our farmers/gardeners grow over 20 crops. Some of the crops refugee farmers/gardeners produce include bean, pea, corn, lettuce, Swiss chard, tomato, onion, garlic, mustard green, arugula, mixed greens, kale, collard green, carrots, radish, beet, summer/winter squash, eggplant, water melon, cantaloupe, cilantro, basil, dill and many more. They also grow ethnic crops such as okra, unique types of cucumbers and melons, lemon grass and medicinal crops.
The IRC provides access to land, water, tools, training, technical assistance and other resources such as organic fertilizers. IRC will also connect gardeners/farmers with market outlets .We have facilitated business transactions with retailers, farmers' markets, restaurants, pop-up stands and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), helping our farmers to become self-sufficient and productive members of their community.
The new Aquaponic Incubator program (for growing fish and vegetables simultaneously) will provide greenhouse space, production training, and marketing outlets to clients. Anyone can rent a plot. A New Roots coordinator will work alongside all clients to develop a business plan and help locate markets for their product. The aquaponic system has been redesigned to improve production capacity, minimize operational costs, and reduce its footprint within the greenhouse. By placing the fish tanks outside of the greenhouse, space can be made for additional seed propagation areas and small-scale educational aquaponic systems.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
How CSA works
Gila farm CSA is a subscription to refugee-grown local produce. We offer 10- 16 week subscription for $ 25 per box. You can elect to receive your box on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You can pay up front for all ten weeks or in two installments, once at the beginning of the season, and once halfway through the season.
What you get
Each box contains nine to ten different items all grown in Phoenix area. The vast majority of the items are grown by refugees. We also supplement our items with products from other local organic farmers to add more variety that otherwise will not be achieved by sourcing only from our farmers. The content of the box vary by season, including a variety of greens, root vegetables, herbs and fruits. Some weeks will also include a unique vegetable or herb from one of our farmer's native cuisine, such as okra or fenugreek. With every box you will receive a newsletter that describes the week's items, and offers recipe and tips for using the produce. A box feeds two to four people for the week, depending on your daily consumption of fresh produce.
How to sign up
- Go to gilafarm.com
- Click on join CSA (upper right hand corner), then click on CSA share.
- Select the amount of deliveries you want, as well as delivery frequency (weekly or bi-weekly).
Select pick up location, and then proceed to check out. On this page, it will also tell you what the next available delivery date is.
Community members are welcome to join the refugee farmers/gardeners. An individual will be offered at least three 100' rows for a very small fee per year. The fee includes land, water and any organic fertilizer/compost provided by IRC.
Monday : 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
affordable farm/garden land, irrigation water, farming/gardening tools, farming/gardening training, farming/gardening technical assistance, other farm/garden resources such as organic fertilizers, connection to market outlets, vegetables, fruits, herbs, medicinal plants, bean, pea, corn, lettuce, Swiss chard, tomato, onion, garlic, mustard green, green onion, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, mixed greens, kale, collard green, spinach, carrots, sweet potato, purple radish, daikon radish, beet, summer/winter squash, white eggplant, purple eggplant, water melon, cantaloupe, cilantro, basil, dill, thyme, oregano, ethnic crops, okra, unique types of cucumbers and melons, Uzbek melon, lemon grass and medicinal crops.
- Farmers Market
- Farm to Restaurant
Open Air Market (Phoenix Public market): 721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Gila Farm IRC Community Supported Agriculture: 4425 W Olive Ave #400, Glendale, AZ 85302, Troon North Farmers' Market: 28150 N Alma School Rd #103 Scottsdale, AZ 85262, KTIZO church open air market: 8724 N 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051, Mountain Park Health Center Maryvale Clinic: 6601 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033, Best Farmers Market: 4825 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85017, Divine African International Market :5060 W. Bethany Home Rd, Glendale AZ 85301, Ubate African Market and Beauty Supply: 5295 W. Olive Ave, #10B, Glendale AZ 85302
- Pesticide Free
- Herbicide Free
- Integrated Pest Management
- Water Conservation and Reuse
- Seed Preservation
- Synthetic Fertilizer Free
- Organic Practices
- Alternative Energy Use
- Antibiotic Free
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Women Infants and Children Program (WIC)
- Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
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