EU Resettlement Network

'New Roots in the Bronx' - IRC's web series following resettled refugees in New York

Source:  'Web Series Highlights What's Working about Refugee Resettlement', Mashable.com, 12 September 2012

A new web series from the International Rescue Committee follows refugees resettled in New York, who work in a community garden in the Bronx.

 New Roots in the Bronx  follows refugees from Myanmar and Cameroon as they acclimate to life in the U.S. while working in urban community gardens, harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for their families and communities. These represent some of the thousands the IRC resettles in 22 U.S. cities each year.

The web series, which will be released one episode at a time through mid-October, features cooking demos from celebrity chefs David Burke, Michel Nischan and Marco Canora, who use the crops from the community garden. The IRC highlights the recipes cooked in the episodes alongside the webisodes.

The series also includes the option to take a pledge of solidarity with the refugees as they rebuild their lives in the U.S., a recipe sharing tool and a supporter page.

For more information about the initiative, visit the International Rescue Committee's webpage.

For similar initiatives carried out in Europe, visit the SAGE Greenfingers project webpage and related 'Sowing Seeds of Sanctuary' videos.