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Global Farms

About the Farm

The International Institute Global Farms program helps New Americans provide fresh, healthy food for their families, decrease household expenditures on groceries and achieve greater financial independence. We currently operate four urban farm sites: the North Farm (1188 Hodiamont Avenue) and the Cultivating Connections Garden (1116 Hodiamont Avenue) located in the West End neighborhood, the South Farm (4030 Folsom Avenue) located in the Botanical Heights Neighborhood, and the REAP Farm (3636 Aldine Avenue) located in the JeffVanderLou Neighborhood.

The goal of our program is two-fold: 1) to provide farmers with access to healthy nutritional options for their families, and 2) to provide farmers with increased economic opportunity through the earning supplemental income through produce sales or accessing a career in agriculture through trainings designed to increase farming knowledge and skill. Many New Americans are already experienced farmers with multi-generational traditions of farming. This program delivers technical assistance as they acclimate to farming in Missouri and learn how to grow for American tastes and markets.

Farmers come from a variety of countries including Burundi, Bhutan, Burma, Liberia, Morocco, Nepal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria, Honduras, Mexico, and Somalia. Through our Refugee Enrichment through Agriculture Program (REAP), these New Americans participate in intensive yearlong training in growing and marketing to help launch their individual careers as farmers.

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Thanks to grants from the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program, Missouri Department of Agriculture Urban and Non-Traditional Agriculture Matching Grant, St. Louis Philanthropic, theClif Bar Family Foundation, and St. Louis Earth Day.