Austin Organic Farm Preserves Cultural Ties for Refugees

New Leaf Agriculture in Austin, Texas, provides refugees with 750-square-foot plots and access to tools and supplies for growing culturally meaningful crops, according to a feature in Austin Monthly. The immigrants are able to produce familiar foods for and with their families, preserve their cultural heritage, and feed their community. In addition, they can earn supplemental income, as the farm purchases excess produce for distribution. There are currently 18 farmers on site, but the number will increase to 24 this fall. New Leaf Agriculture also provides full-time farming work for six refugees, growing a variety of crops for the farm’s CSA, farmers markets, and for culinary accounts.