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Refugee farmer puts down Halifax roots

Data Ram Humagai is the first employee of Common Roots Urban Farm that emerged from the Deep Roots program.

“I learned how to grow in different seasons because it’s very cold compared to my home country,” said Humagai.

By Ben Cousins
Herald News
June 7, 2017


Humagai is originally from Bhutan, a small country just west of Nepal, where he honed his craft as a farmer. From there, Humagai moved to a refugee camp in Nepal where he worked on a much smaller garden.

“My life was very difficult in the (refugee camp) compared to now in Canada,” he said through a translator.

Humagai immigrated to Halifax from Nepal in 2010 and began volunteering in 2014. Now, through a grant from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Common Roots has been able to hire him as a full-time assistant to Sara Burgess, the market garden co-ordinator.

The balance of the grant is going toward new gear for the garden, job shadowing and some job training for their volunteers.

Read the complete article here.