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Refugees Find Home on Iowa Farm


By Amy Mayer

Reposted with permission from Harvest Public Media.
On a small farm in suburban West Des Moines, Iowa, even the barn is a refugee — a historic structure relocated from nearby Valley High School. The farmers, most of them refugees, are just starting to hoe the land, each one working a 50-by-50-foot plot where they’ll grow corn, beans, cabbage, eggplant, onions, tomatoes and peppers.
Photo above right: At Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, Iowa, Bel Chhetri (in foreground) works the land with his grandparents and a friend. They emigrated from Nepal. Photo by Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media.

Reposted with permission from Harvest Public Media.

On a small farm in suburban West Des Moines, Iowa, even the barn is a refugee — a historic structure relocated from nearby Valley High School. The farmers, most of them refugees, are just starting to hoe the land, each one working a 50-by-50-foot plot where they’ll grow corn, beans, cabbage, eggplant, onions, tomatoes and peppers.

Photo above right: At Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, Iowa, Bel Chhetri (in foreground) works the land with his grandparents and a friend. They emigrated from Nepal. Photo by Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media.

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