Iskash*taa Refugee Harvesting and Garden to Market Network. Iskash*taa, which means working cooperatively in Maay Maay, is a group of refugees trying to improve their new lives in the USA by working with volunteer Tucson partners. Paramount in the process is to improve English both spoken and written through increased interaction with the larger Tucson Community. We are establishing a regular intergenerational work groups to assist Somali Bantu refugees in a variety of activities and link them to other Tucson's community members. Iskash*taa arranges field trips to Tucson's farmer's markets, the Tucson Community Food Bank (CFB) or other CFB outlets, and local farms and community gardens. We are developing a local food harvesting network which provides excess fruits and vegetables to refugees while relieving neighbors of food that would otherwise go to waste. Presentations are available upon request for interested groups, and neighborhood and home owners associations. See http://www.tug.bara.arizona.edu for more information. Workshops are organized to benefit refugees and volunteers alike. (Example topics include gourd art, composting, nutrition, food processing, fruit tree identification, recycled garden art from plant materials and more.
Help us locate and redistribute unused locally grown food in your neighborhood! We are a group of local volunteers working with recently arrived African refugees on a project to identify and map food resources growing in Tucson. We are making a computer-generated map and database of fruit tree and vegetable garden locations in neighborhoods like yours. We would like to see how these resources are used and develop a re-distribution network for any available food surpluses, collaborating with and donating to organizations including the Community Food Bank. If you are able to contribute/donate excess fruit or vegetables OR would simply like your garden/trees added to our database, please contact us: Barbara 440-0100 We can harvest and transport your fruit (as much as you desire) or you can harvest.
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