Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Nurturing Projects at UA

Growing a Garden and Stocking the Pantry

Iskashitaa Refugee Network is always venturing into unchartered territory in an effort to spread the good news about sustainable efforts in Tucson to a wider audience. Well, we’ve done it again! This semester, Iskashitaa is opening two new doors to community collaboration and cooperation. 

First, we have been granted the use of a plot at the University of Arizona’s Community Garden headed by the Students for Sustainability association on campus. We are really excited about this new project and are still looking for volunteers to help maintain the garden as well as donations of seeds and plantlets. We want to create a space where volunteers and refugees can trade understanding of the earth and its food riches through a cross-cultural gardening experience. In exchange for useful vocabulary and cultural insights, we hope to receive valuable information about the refugees’ traditional knowledge and use of the same plants in their own culture. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved and get your hands a little earthy this spring!

Second, Iskashitaa has entered into a partnership with two justice-minded organizations from the University of Arizona. The UA Community Garden and the UA Campus Pantry have joined with Iskashitaa in the fight to end food waste and insecurity in Tucson. Iskashitaa will be donating fresh produce monthly to the UA Campus Pantry, which is an organization committed to helping food insecure students gain access to nutritious foods. This seemingly insignificant collaboration is helping to bring the UA and greater Tucson community one step closer to food justice! Check out the Iskashitaa Facebook page and website for more information and to see how you can help make Tucson more sustainable!!

If you are interested in helping with the garden, please contact Emily, our Food Security and Sustainability Intern, at

Emily Sylvia
Food Security and Sustainability Intern

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

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