Refugee Farm Tour & Lunch

Above: Explore Global Greens Farm and learn about its mission at two upcoming events.

Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, where world refugees grow produce as they explore their new life in Iowa, is hosting a free Farm Field Day this Thursday, Aug. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road. You’ll get a tour of the farm, an explanation of the program and an opportunity to join these newest neighbors in a potluck meal. Diners are encouraged to bring a dish to share and to try fresh vegetables grown by the farmers. For more information or to register, click here.

The farm is a program of Lutheran Services in Iowa, which offers a variety of services for refugees and immigrants. Plan to join LSI at its annual Empower Luncheon Sept. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. It will include inspiring stories and a celebration of those who have come to Iowa from war-torn and drought-ravaged homelands. “We want to celebrate the accomplishments of our new citizens and to communicate to newcomers that they are welcome,” says Nicholas Wuertz, LSI’s director of refugee services. Get tickets ($65) and more information here. To meet some of these inspiring individuals, check out this photo project.

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