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New Roots Farm

Many refugees and other New Americans come to the U.S. with backgrounds in agriculture. New Roots, a farmer training and food access initiative of the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City, provides these communities with a way to reconnect with land, grow culturally appropriate vegetables, and leverage their farming skills to earn supplemental income.

New Roots farmers earn income through produce sales to local schools, restaurants and Whole Foods Markets in Utah. They also operate three workplace CSA’s, delivering vegetable shares to employees of partnering businesses. New Roots founded and continues to operate and sell at the Sunnyvale Farmers Market and new for 2019, New Roots Farmers Market at Central Park.     

New Roots farmers grow a number of crops familiar to the American palate, including Beets, Carrots, Heirloom Slicing Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, Kale, Spring Mix, a variety of  Peppers, and Eggplant. Additionally, they grow speciality ethnic crops like African Eggplant, Aleppo Peppers, Amaranth Greens, Molokhia (Egyptian Spinach), Thai Chili Peppers, Tatume Squash, and long beans, among others.

All proceeds from sales go to the program’s 35+ farmers who originate from Sudan, Burma, Bhutan, Chad, Somalia, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The farmers collectively manage 15 acres of leased land spread throughout Salt Lake County.

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Wilkerson Farm

Wilkerson Farm produces a variety and fruits and vegetables in the summer exclusively for donation to local food banks and pantries. We invite members of the public to donate towards the direct growing costs and also to volunteer on harvest days. How is this different than donating directly to the food bank? The vast majority of donations given to food banks are shelf-stable, canned, and pre-packaged. Fresh and healthy food is often inaccessible to lower income families due to cost. We are able to grow bulk crops and improve the quality of food they receive.  Every dollar donated here can help us provide 10 pounds of produce!

Wilkerson Farm hosts a Fall Fair each September through November that includes a carnival, hayrides, corn maze, and pumpkin patch. We create a safe & fun environment for families of all ages to experience the beauty and bounty of local farmlands.

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Reviews

Knowledgeable, professional, locally owned farm. Such a great part of the community! We loved visiting.

Heidi King,

Google Review

Have loved visiting this place. We bought the best watermelon here. It was delicious!! Will continue to come buy produce here. 🙂 the fall fair activities was fun too. Really good corn maze.

Diana Ballard,

Google Review

Our family went to their pumpkin patch/corn maze and had a magical night! The staff was so friendly and accommodating! The rides were fun, the activities were great, and it was just the right size for our family to really enjoy without feeling overwhelmed and crowded! The grandchildren were in heaven and even my grown children had a ball! We left with a little pumpkin for each of the kids and everyone was thrilled! Thank you for providing a great night!

Darci Maly Facer,

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