This week’s Local First Arizona member spotlight is on Gila Farm Cooperative:
Much of our youth was spent beside our mother, tending a backyard garden of lemongrass, chili peppers, tiny eggplant, holy basil, mint, and other "strange" crops that we never saw at the neighborhood market. The seeds were the few items she was given when she moved from Thailand to the United States - her garden was her refuge, her home far away from home. So when we came across Gila Farm Co-Op, one of the newer members to join our Local First AZ family, we understood the amount of love and sentiment that is tended to each plant that grows. This unique cooperative is a group of refugee farms resettled in Central Phoenix and is supported through the efforts of the International Rescue Committee. The farmers hail from Bhutan, Burma, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Iraq, Liberia, Sudan, Somalia, Togo, and Uzbekistan; bringing with them decades of experience working with the land and growing diverse crops. The farmers have left behind countries torn by war, oppression, political upheaval, and natural disaster to pursue life in the United States. Many of them find peace and joy in farming, an activity that provides continuity with their former lives. The co-op has just started offering its winter CSA baskets filled with a variety of greens and vegetables, ranging from arugula, broccoli, brussel sproutts, cauliflower, onions, and so much more. Support this new venture by becoming a CSA member or swing by the Downtown Phoenix Market and check out the Co-op's latest bounty. We're looking forward to the exciting and exotic produce that is sprouting at Gila Farm!
Gila Farm Cooperative