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IOWA FOOD COOPERATIVE

We are proud to have many LSI Global Greens farmers as our producers. Check out their stories below!

Global Greens is a project of Lutheran Services in Iowa and connects former refugees back to the land by offering a spectrum of gardening and farming opportunities. For people who are interested in starting small farming businesses, Global Greens provides land access as well as business development assistance, production education and market support. Farmers who graduate from the program also receive assistance in finding additional land to grow on to expand their businesses. Global Greens farmers and graduates have earned over $1 million in sales since 2015.

Innocent and Marie grew up in farming families and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After moving to the United States in 2008, the two started farming at Global Greens Farm in 2013. Innocent and Marie now lease 4 acres of land in Pleasant Hill where they grow a wide variety of vegetables.

“We grew up in families where we did a lot of agriculture, and so we grew up loving it. When we came here, it gave us the urge to do what we knew how to do and what our family had always done, and to also share our knowledge with others. Being able to produce our own food with our own hands makes us happy and gives us a reminder of back home, where we’re from.”

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The Simon Family has farmed in four countries: first Burundi, then the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and now finally, the U.S. In 2008 they were moved to the U.S. where they became involved with the Global Greens program. After farming at Global Greens Farm for a few years, they rented other land in the Des Moines Metro area before purchasing their small farm near Indianola. Although not for sale through the Iowa Food Coop, the Simon family now raises goats and chickens along with all of their produce.

 “We now grow a wide variety of vegetables at Global Greens Farm—some of which you will be familiar with, while others will be unique to Burundi. We take pride in farming as a way of life and hope you enjoy a taste of Burundi when you purchase our produce!”

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Tika Bhandari’s homeland is Bhutan, located in the Himalayan Mountains, and she grew up farming with her family on their 18 acre farm. Upon moving to Iowa and seeing its fertile soils, her father told her, “You know how to speak English, so help me find land so that I can farm again.” Tika and her father joined the Global Greens program and farmed together. Tika’s father passed away, but she continues to carry on his legacy through her farm.

“With my many years of farming and sales, I understand the importance of growing and selling high quality produce to a community with a vast variety of tastes."

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Bizimana Charles was also born on a farm in Burundi. After fleeing to a refugee camp, Charles took a hiatus from farming to be a school teacher and taught children living in the refugee camp. A few years after joining the Global Greens program, he moved his farm to Altoona where he rented 4 acres of land. This past winter, that land was sold, so today he has moved his farm to Earlham where he grows produce on 5 acres of land.

“Although my environment has changed many times, a love for gardening has been a constant in my life. In Africa, I grew many different crops, some of my favorites being cassava, corn, bananas and peanuts. Now that I am in Iowa, I am growing produce that is proven to grow well here, while experimenting with some of my favorite plants and varieties from Africa. I love to grow a wide selection of types and varieties of produce - enjoy!”

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Hakizimana Francois was born in a farming family from Burundi. As a teenager, he farmed his own land and sold crops. He fled to Tanzania as a refugee, and used his farming experience to earn money while in Tanzania. He resettled to the United States and has been farming with Global Greens since 2013.

 “At that time, I used the farm to grow organic food for my family--especially food we like from Burundi. In 2019, I started focusing on farming as a business to help communities get the organic food they need and make some money for my family. In 2022, I am expanding my business and farming on 2.5 acres.”

View Izere Farm's Shop Profile

Oscar grew up farming with his family both in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Burundi. In 2008, he moved to Des Moines and began gardening, and he started farming at Global Greens Farm in 2017. This season, Oscar started renting additional and is now farming in Earlham, where he is excited to focus more on expanding his business.

 “My parents were farmers and I enjoyed farming with them. Now that I am grown, I enjoy growing vegetables without any chemicals for better health of my family and the community.”

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Jaqueline and Mukiza have lived in Burundi, Congo and Tanzania, and they have gardened their entire lives. After moving to Iowa, the two joined the Global Greens program to return to their farming roots. They have now transitioned their farm off Global Greens Farm and farm a small piece of land inside Des Moines as well as some land near Earlham.

“Palm oil, cassava, corn, bananas and beans were common crops our family grew and sold in Africa, and we are excited to continue to farm in Iowa. Our whole family works together on the farm and our farm name, Jipatie Afya, means that the produce we grow can bring health to people. We love being able to share this healthy food with other families!”

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Co-op Updates:

The IFC will be hosting Community Tuesday's once a month this summer during the Beaverdale Farmer's Market. The event will be held Tuesday, July 19, August 16 and September 13 from 4 - 7 PM. It will be a market style event for members and the public to visit the co-op, meet producers, and buy goods. We hope to see you there! 
We are organizing a membership-wide get together on Sunday, July 17 from 3 - 6 PM. As the pandemic eases, we hope it will be an opportunity to re-connect with fellow local-food enthusiasts, share a meal, and chat about how much has changed (and how much hasn't!).

The event is BYOB and potluck style, so bring a dish to share if you would like! Please bring you own reusable dishware. Contact board member Inger Lamb (details below) with any questions, and if you know what you plan to bring, let her know, so we don't end up eating only cookies. ;)

Inger Lamb
Email: grants@iowafood.coop
Phone: 515-250-1693

IMPORTANT DATES

The cart opens at noon on Sunday, July 3rd  and closes at 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 10th. 

For satellite sites distribution is Thursday, July 14th + Ames and Albia on Friday, July 15th.

For Franklin Plaza distribution is Friday, July 15th from 12 PM - 7 PM and Saturday, July 16th from 11 AM - 2 PM.

HOME DELIVERY

Special home deliveries go out on Thursdays of Distribution week between 11 am and 9 pm. If you will not be home during the delivery time frame please provide coolers for products.

We want to support our members. If you need assistance in paying your home delivery fee please email orders@iowafood.coop.

If you are outside the immediate metro area, please reply to this email to confirm availability. 


FREE HOME DELIVERY FOR EBT MEMBERS IN DSM AREA--We are offering EBT members the option of having their orders delivered free; if outside the immediate Des Moines area, please reply to this email to confirm availability. 
 

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CO-OP NOTES

PICK-UP TIME CHANGE FOR ALBIA: Pick up time has indefinitely changed to FRIDAYS from 5-6 PM. Pick-up location remains at the Fiber Art Shoppe: 5 Benton Ave East, Albia, IA 52531.

CURBSIDE PICK-UP AVAILABLE AT FRANKLIN: A team member will compile your order and deliver to your vehicle. A Sign-Up Genius link will be emailed at the close of the shopping cart.

FOOD PANTRY + EBT FUND--Please support our food pantry donations and EBT funding during this time with a donation via the cart or via the Iowa Food Foundation.

Check Out Your NEW + Improved Shopping Experience

New Software: Quick Tips

  • No need to open a basket or cart--simply start shopping and add products to your cart.
  • Mobile + tablet friendly
  • Your pick-up location carries over from the previous cycle--change the location at any time while the shopping window is open (change by clicking the cart icon, then use the drop-down menu to change location)
  • An improved product search allows you to quickly find your favorite items and discover new ones!
  • New product ‘varieties’ allow you to choose flavors and types quickly and easily (like sliced bread or style of coffee grind).
  • Want to request a customized item? Such as ‘no cinnamon’ in your apple pie? Simply leave a ‘Shopper Note’ from your cart. If the producer is not able to accommodate your request, they can ‘deny’ the note and you can either remove the item from your cart or accept it, uncustomized.
  • On-site purchasing at Franklin: Your on-site purchases will now be associated with your member account so you’ll be able to view past purchases.
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