Did you ever want to learn how to farm and raise your own crops? Thanks to government grants, leased or free land and the help of some do-gooder organizations, now you can – if you quality, that is.
You must be a) Native American, b) a refugee, or c) a diverse family, whatever that is.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending nearly $1 million to teach refugees how to farm.
New grants announced last week include two projects in Idaho and Kansas to “cultivate the next generation of farmers” by helping refugees get land leases to start their own farms.
The first project was awarded to Global Gardens, a Boise, Idaho-based organization that teaches refugees about farming and community gardening. The group will train refugees and Native Americans about organic vegetable farming.
“Global Gardens trains beginning farmers who have cultural, linguistic, or economic barriers to success which might prevent them from otherwise becoming successful farmers or accessing more mainstream farmer training programs,” the project grant states. “Our long-term goal is to create sustainable, profitable, independent small farm businesses.”
Project goals include assisting refugees in securing land leases on incubator farms, teaching refugees “financial literacy,” and providing nine paid internships on a farm.
“Expected outcomes include increases in knowledge of sustainable vegetable production, marketing, and financial literacy for participating farmers, establishment of new, refugee and Native-owned farms, and increased productivity and farm income for those already farming,” the grant said.
The project has received $597,867 and will continue through July 2019.
A second project titled “New Roots for Refugees” was awarded to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. The project will create an incubator farm for newly settled refugees.
“The long term goal is that refugees farm in Kansas City independently on land that they own or lease at a scale that they desire and manage,” according to the grant. “To reach this goal, we have identified the following objectives: Removal of Barriers to Marketing, Adapted and Increased Agricultural Skills, Financial Management and Farm Capitalization, and Whole Farm Planning.”
The Kansas project will also provide leases to refugees so they can “establish a path toward managing their own farm business.”
“The long term goal of New Roots for Refugees is that refugees will farm independently on owned land or through lease agreements at a scale that they desire, achieve, and manage,” the grant said.
The grant is worth $380,433, bringing the total cost for the two projects to $978,300.
Idaho has one of the highest refugee populations in the country, taking in 1,000 each year, the majority of which are resettled in Boise.
Kansas takes in roughly 350 refugees per year, mostly from Iraq, Bhutan, and Myanmar.
Global Gardens…ahh, doesn’t that have a sweet kumbaya sound to it? Here’s what they have to say about themselves –
Global Gardens is a program of the Idaho Office for Refugees. We strive to involve diverse families in healthy lifestyles and entrepreneurial training. We do so through the cultivation, harvest, cooking, eating, and sales of fresh, healthy produce. We connect the food needs of diverse families with resources to grow and market food.
Although I give you guys more credit than that, their website even goes so far as to explain to us ignoramuses what a refugee is.
First we pay to bring refugees into the US, unvetted, then we transport them to various areas throughout the US, where they receive free housing, grocery money and can now enroll their kids into our schools. They can’t speak English which in itself creates a huge hardship for them and the do-gooder folks helping them. They don’t understand our customs or even the simplest of things like washing your hands, how to use restrooms and personal hygiene. The women use their burkas to shoplift and the men think beatings and rape are acceptable ways to treat females.
But, no matter, let’s give them land and have them grow food for us, and take a wild guess who’s in charge of the grants? It’s the USDA, who has their stamp of approval on every product we buy, most especially meat, dairy and produce items. An excerpt from the grant document states:
Our long-term goal is to create sustainable, profitable, independent small farm businesses. Our focus is mainly on organic or spray-free vegetable production with direct sales through farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture projects (CSAs).
So refugees are going to produce “organic or spray-free” vegetables?? Seriously?? It would be funny if the whole thing weren’t so ridiculously insulting to sensible Americans. You might want to wash that Idaho spud off extra good before you cook it, just sayin’.