November 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Refugees living in El Cajon and City Heights are invited to free workshops at the New Roots Aqua Farm, 4035 Fairmount Avenue in San Diego. Learn how to grow healthy organic vegetables in urban areas with no soil and minimal water! Also see New Roots’ 1,200 square foot aquaponics system that includes fish farming with tilapia that are sustainably raised and hormone free.
Workshops in December will be offered in several languages including English, Swahili, Spanish and Arabic. See schedule below for details.
New Roots growers sell their products at the City Heights Farmers market each week. Now El Cajon is starting up a farmer’s market, too. The farm is a project of the International Rescue Committee. Participants who qualify to receive a free seystem must agree to maintain system for four to six months, participate in a survey and have a desire to grow your own food.
Saturday, December 1:
English & Swahili @ 10-11 am
English & Karen/Burmese @ 3-4 pm
Saturday, December 8:
English/Español @ 10-11 am
Saturday, December 15:
English/Arabic @ 10-11 am
New Roots Aqua Farm
4035 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
For more information, contact Kaley Hearnsberger, Farming Resource Coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego at 619-641-7510 ext. 302 or Kaley.Hearnsberger@Rescue.org.