Wednesday, June 17, 2009

World Refugee Day Celebrated in Indy

A World Refugee Day celebration set for 10 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday (20 June) and noon-6 p.m. Sunday (21 June) at Waterman's Farm Market, 7010 East Raymond Street, Indianapolis, includes dance, music and art as well as hayrides and family activities. It's sponsored by Exodus Refugee Immigration in cooperation with the Chin Community of Indiana, Catholic Charities Refugee Program and the International Interfaith Initiative.

In what is probably a unique cooperative venture between an established Indiana farm family and a group of recent immigrants from Southeast Asia, Waterman's Farm Market has made land available to refugee farmers of the Karen people from Burma this year. The Karen farmers are producing vegetables typical of the American diet as well as some that are more likely to be found in an Asian diet. Waterman's will provide the land and the mechanical inputs, and the Karen farmers will be providing the hand labor. Their vegetables will be marketed at Waterman's Farm Market as well as at some farmers markets in the Indianapolis area.


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