Tents stolen from non-profit for refugees

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Tents stolen from non-profit for refugees

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by Justin Corr

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KTVB.COM

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 5:13 PM

BOISE -- You'll find Yussuf Sundi in downtown Boise almost every Saturday, selling his produce to the shoppers at the Capital City Public Market.

The former Somali farmer is now an Idaho farmer. "There is fighting in the country. It's no good," said Sundi. "There are guns and everything. So, we moved my life."

The non-profit organization, Global Gardens, helped Sundi get his start, just like they've helped many other refugee farmers at the market.

"We provide community garden spaces for refugee families to grow food to eat at home," said Katie Painter, Global Gardens Coordinator. "And, we assist refugees who want to start farm businesses, which is the folks you're seeing here. We set them up with land and marketing opportunities."

But this weekend, Sundi, and the other refugee farmers who are a part of this program, almost weren't able to sell their produce at all. That's because Friday night, organizers arrived at their storage unit to make a deflating discovery.

"Our lock was broken, and our tents were missing," said Painter.

Other units were also broken into, and police immediately started an investigation. But, Painter and others with Global Gardens had to work quick, and dip into emergency funds to get ready for Saturday.

"We had to go shopping for about $500 worth of new tents before we could come down to market," said Painter.

But she doesn't see this as an injustice or tragedy. "It's an aggravation, and it's unfortunate, but it didn't stop us."

And, it didn't stop Sundi, or the other new Idaho farmers.

Painter says Global Gardens is always accepting donations, and is currently looking for some land right now. She also says, you can find them at the Capital City Public Market every Saturday, on Idaho Street between 8th and 9th.

If you're looking for more information on Global Gardens, we've set up a hotlink.

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