Rich International Rescue Committee gets richer with grants for refugee gardens

It is that time of year when homeowners and hobby gardeners are out with high hopes for their small crops of spinach, beans and tomatoes.

It is also the time of the year we can expect warm and fuzzy stories about how refugees are gardening with the help of their federal resettlement contractors and your tax dollars!


Refugee gardeners in Tucson.


This story from Baltimore reminded me that I haven’t mentioned this additional source of payola for refugee contractors—-Refugee Agricultural Partnership grants—lately.

In addition to the per head refugee payment the contractors receive to place refugees, there are myriad grant programs available for the nine contractors and their subcontractors to keep their coffers full.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement actually gives out hundreds of thousands of dollars (about $1.5 million in the latest allotment) to the contractors (the VOLAGs) to help refugees plant gardens.

In Baltimore we learn that gardens run by the International Rescue Committee connect refugees to the earth, their cultures and their neighbors (or so we are told).

Keep reading to learn exactly how much this all costs you, and who is raking in the big bucks!

Here is the ‘news’ at something called Resilience:

One of the first points of contact for refugees entering the U.S. is often the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nonprofit that resettles nearly 10,000 refugee cases annually [this year they aren’t placing 10,000-ed] and helps them with everything from navigating new kitchen appliances to finding jobs and learning English. This work gives refugees a good start, but from there, they still face perhaps one of the most difficult parts of the process: becoming a part of their new community.

IRC logo

The IRC began its New Roots program about 10 years ago in the hopes of using agriculture and community gardening to support refugees in rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.

The program works in shared gardens in cities across the United States, giving refugees the opportunity to strengthen existing skills in gardening, to preserve their culinary identity by growing culturally relevant foods, and, in some cases, to participate in farmers markets.

One participating city was Baltimore, where the IRC started up a small network of shared refugee-focused gardens by working with local churches and the Goodnow Community Center. The gardens, in churchyards and on the lawns surrounding active community hubs, quickly became busy with refugees looking to connect with nature, grow their own crops, and plug into the local food system.

But the spaces soon transcended these uses — in addition to the crops the refugees were planting, Baltimore’s gardens began to nurture a sense of social cohesion among residents.

Reading between the lines at Resilience gives us a hint that something wasn’t going smoothly, but that isn’t my purpose in writing this post. We are never going to be told about the failures and waste of money.

I want readers to know (because ‘Resilience’ won’t say it) that they are very expensive veggies these refugees are growing, and contractors, like the IRC, manage the hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to grow some culturally relevant food!

Read about the IRC’s Growing New Roots where we learn that….

“…. refugees are able to reconnect with their agrarian roots. By participating in community gardening, they have a safe space to hone their agricultural skills, grow their own food and engage with the local community.”

Office of Refugee Resettlement doles out big bucks

Imagine what kind of gardening you could do with this kind of money!

And, it looks like the IRC (“Moneybags” Miliband) has a corner on this grant program!  IRC gobbled up 4 of the available grants that expire next year.

Sure hope the Trump people are advising the contractors that refugee gardening is a sweet idea to be carried out by PRIVATE CHARITY!


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Wait just a minute! Hawaii gets virtually no refugees, why do they get a gardening grant?


See past posts on refugee gardening on your dime!

9 thoughts on “Rich International Rescue Committee gets richer with grants for refugee gardens

  1. There are about 42 million Americans who don’t get enough to eat, yet here the liberals are, patting themselves on the back for handing out scare resources to third world leeches who shouldn’t even be here in the first place. Why are we importing destitute third world immigrants when our own people are going hungry? why aren’t we giving gardening space to our own people, to preserve our own culture?


  2. How many of us get free land to plant gardens to feed our families? why aren’t we “preserving our cultural heritage” by being given free land and planting heritage seeds, instead of funding a foreign culture that no one wants here in the first place? the photo speaks a thousand words–some liberal white sell out surrounded by women who look completely out of place here, and who will be taught that their culture is valuable, while ours, the one that is supporting them, is somehow less valuable, and not worthy of preserving. It is hard to believe that some of our people are actively trying to pull us down to third world levels. And I’m sure that each one of these tribal women pictured has at least half a dozen kids sucking on those swollen and deformed boobs.


  3. And where, exactly, is the free land and where are the gardens for Non-Refugees? Where are the land assignments for CITIZENS or for Seniors on fixed income who cannot afford produce; especially ORGANIC produce?


  4. Kudos to your continued exposure of these fraudulent programs. Divert these funds to take care of the homeless and hungry American citizens wandering the streets of every city USA!


  5. Great Replacement News – Springtime: When more taxpayer $$ goes for Refugee Gardens growing tomatoes, squash and priceless open-borders propaganda for your local paper–meanwhile homeless US Vets live amongst rats and sewage.


  6. You’ll notice IRC Baltimore isn’t listed as they don’t receive federal funding for their gardening program. We call the above a bait and switch.


    1. Do me a favor and research ORR grants prior to the last round and I’ll bet they got some taxpayer dollars in earlier years.


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