An urban farm helps immigrants from East Africa settle in Seattle The Seattle Times
Daily chores at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Preserve, and the skills and decision-making required to keep the enterprise going, are a new part of the curriculum for a program aimed at teaching professional and leadership skills to recent arrivals.
During the summer, the teenagers spent Fridays at the farm, and while tending to the fruits and vegetables they often worked alongside older East African immigrants volunteering there in hopes of becoming farmers..
The vision for Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) is to be a vibrant community hub and model green infrastructure project transforming a surplus Parks Department facility into an innovative organic urban farm and demonstration wetlands restoration site. This 10-acre site has the potential to produce over 20,000 pounds of fresh healthy food annually for families struggling with food security, provide educational opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth, offer access to and education for a rare in-city natural wetlands environment, improve wetlands habitat for native wildlife, foster much-needed economic development and strengthen community in a predominately low-income neighborhood within one of the most diverse zip codes in the nation.
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