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Australia’s Karenni refugees cultivate community through Wollongong farming initiative

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The Karenni farmers grow traditional foods such as taplaelay, a leafy green vegetable. (Landline: Sean Murphy)

Developing small farms on unused land in urban areas could help alleviate chronic unemployment for refugees resettled in Australia.

By Sean Murphy
ABC
Aug 25, 2017

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Only 31 per cent of humanitarian visa recipients have jobs after five years, but many have skills as subsistence farmers, which could turn unproductive land into market gardens.

At Mangerton in Wollongong, Karenni refugees are transforming a steep hillside next to the Saint Therese Primary School, into a traditional terraced garden.

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India: Techie gives up career to promote apartment farming, toxin-free food

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Patel admits a lack of space in cities is often a hurdle that stops many residents from growing their own food.

By Aishwarya Upadhye
Times of India
Aug 24, 2017

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“I tell participants why it’s important to grow their own food. They are also given information on different types of soil and the various types of saplings. The training then, makes up the basic rules of organic farming. At the end of the workshop, each participant is handed compost full of essential microbes which are responsible for preparing manure from kitchen waste. The kit encourages them to take the first step,” he says.

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