Plant it Forward
Our featured vendor this week is Plant it Forward. This farming co-op is still up and running post-Harvey, but they need help clearing some of their fields from debris so they can resume planting. If you can assist with this effort, please call: 713-432-0754.
Houston is settling a record number of new refugees every year. Most have spent years in refugee camps outside of their own countries living in extreme conditions while waiting to realize the American dream. Once here they are faced with huge challenges assimilating into their new homeland as few have the language or job skills to find meaningful work. Some of these refugees come from agrarian backgrounds and they know how to raise quality food but there is not a single classified job posting for an experienced farmer.
Plant It Forward Farms brings together the people and resources needed to make that vision a reality. We partner with social and religious groups to provide land and tools to refugees who settle in Houston with few other skills besides farming. Refugees receive training at a model farm, as well as additional business assistance to help sell their produce through farmers markets, farm stands, farm shares and restaurant sales. A portion of each success helps provide opportunities for future refugees, and our replicable model can easily be scaled to support hundreds of urban farms throughout the city and beyond. Through Plant It Forward Farms, refugees can become active and contributing citizens that help Houston realize its potential as a leader in sustainable living.
Plant it Forward produce is available every Saturday at Farmers Market at Imperial. For those that want a weekly box of produce already packed, Plant it Forward offers the convenience of a farm share program available for pick up at Imperial Farmers Market.