Edible Tree Tours at Iskashitaa Refugee Network

10.11.2020 in Education

Iskashitaa Refugee Network hosts monthly educational demonstrations at the Tucson Botanical Gardens on how to identify and use various edible landscapes found in Tucson. These tours are focused on increasing the community’s knowledge of local food resources, learning about the abundance of edible trees, both native and nonnative; their nutritional values, uses and cultural significance.

Refugee Garden Art Program at Iskashitaa Refugee Network

10.11.2020 in Farms/ Gardens

2020 brought many surprises to Iskashitaa Refugee Network, the most pleasant one being the enthusiasm and receptiveness to their programming at the University of Arizona community garden. IRN has had plots at this garden in the past, but this year was the first where there was such an overwhelming positive response from volunteers and refugees.

Fruit Tree Gleaning During COVID-19 at Iskashitaa Refugee Network

10.11.2020 in Fruit Tree Harvest

Typically, IRN would lead 2 weekly harvests that involved meeting at the office and carpooling to fruit tree locations. These harvests would consist of large groups of refugees and volunteers ranging from 10-25 participants. Modifications to the gleaning approach were made to limit size and interaction of participants while still diverting viable and nutritional produce from landfills.

Fruit and Vegetable Picking at Concrete Jungle

09.11.2020 in Farms/ Gardens

Written by Lorie Bonham, Strategic Programming and Expansion Manager VISTA. Fruit and Vegetable Picking Concrete Jungle coordinates approximately 70 volunteer events per year, engaging more than 960 volunteers from the Atlanta metropolitan community. Through this work, Concrete Jungle educates participants on Atlanta and Georgia’s horticultural…

Plant Starts in Pierce County with Emergency Food Network

08.04.2020 in Plant a Row/ Starts

Towards the end of the growing season (October in Pacific NW), start visiting local stores and writing letters to seed companies asking for donations of last year’s seed. It helps to include your Employer Identification Number (EIN) in your letter to prove your organization’s non-profit status and to allow the donor to deduct donations from their taxes..

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