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September 13, 2012 (City Heights) — San Diego is home to refugees from around the world – people who have fled war, famine or persecution in their homelands. Now you can help refugees rebuild their lives by purchasing fruits and vegetables grown by local refugees — delivered fresh each week at a cost of just $12.

Participants of the International Rescue Committee (IRC)’s Refugee Entrepreneurial Agriculture Program (REAP) will start a community supported agriculture (CSA) program on September 27, delivering farm-fresh produce to you each week for eight weeks. “This is a unique opportunity to support refugees in their efforts to rebuild productive lives for themselves and their families, while enjoying the benefits of a healthful diet for yourself and the planet,” said Ralph Achenbach, food and farming marketing coordinator for the IRC. All produce is grown sustainably, without the use of chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

Details of how the CSA works and how you can sign up are here:

“Please consider sharing this opportunity widely with your family, friends and colleagues - it is also possible to share the weekly harvest with others,” Achenbach added.

The veggies will be delivered to the IRC's office in City Heights at 5348 University Ave., Suite 115 in San Diego every Thursday for customer pick-up, and CSA members will receive a weekly newsletter with fun facts from the farm, recipe suggestions, and other useful information. If you would like to host an additional drop-site/pick-up point, or if you have any questions, contact Achenbach at (619) 641-7510 ext. 2 or