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Kentucky State University Strengthens Refugee Farms

A team from Kentucky State University (KSU) Extension is working with refugee beginning farmers, helping them start operations to meet a growing demand for fresh food in urban areas. The team is using 1890 Capacity Building Grant funds (1890 CBG), along with support from NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, to develop agricultural systems with high profitability, low investment cost, and relatively low risk. Over the last year, KSU has provided support to more than 290 beginning farmers.

In one case, KSU helped construct a high tunnel and taught refugee farmers how to extend their growing season. Another project was to help refugees start their own farmers market that targets food deserts and organic produce sales to Louisville restaurants. In Bowling Green, refugees learned to use black plastic mulching and irrigation technology – injecting fertilizers into irrigation water – to raise onions, lettuce, greens, turnips, and other vegetables in a hydroponics system.

Read the full story at KSU Extension's AgKnowledge.

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Farm Bill Priority Areas
Plant health, production, and products;
Agriculture economics and rural communities
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