Refugee Urban Agriculture Initiative


With an eye on creating new links between refugees and their communities, NSC’s Refugee Urban Agriculture Initiative launched in 2011. Inspired in 2009 by insight from refugee families, it creates opportunities to grow and connect at two community gardens in South Philly: Growing Home on Emily and Mercy Streets and Growing Together on Reed Street. 

Our mission is to help our refugee gardeners:

• Offset food budgets by growing their own food from March to October
• Put down roots in their new community and work alongside their neighbors
• Gain new skills and explore urban agriculture and farming as a career opportunity

Each year, our gardens serve hundreds of families, including agriculturally experienced refugees from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Demand remains high, and the program continues to grow in size and scale.