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It started with a plea from a group of displaced Somali Bantu women, and then turned into the epitome of bureaucracy getting in the way of progress. But come Thursday, the New Roots Community Farm will officially become a reality.

The farm, situated on plot in City Heights that previously was best described as urban badland, is now a place where eighty families from all over the world cultivate crops and share in each other’s cultures.

“Now the Somali Bantu are talking to the Mexicans and the Mexicans are talking to the Cambodians,” said Amy Lint, a development coordinator with the San Diego office of the International Rescue Committee, in a news release.

“They are finding they have a lot in common, a lot to share on the topic of food.”

In June, we wrote about how Hamadi Jumale, who is a Somali Bantu, worked along with Lint and others at the IRC to establish the farm. Jumale and the IRC established the farm despite one roadblock after another being put up by the city of San Diego’s bureaucracy.

The opening day ceremony will take place between 5 and 7 p.m. at the farm, which is located at the intersection of 54th Street and Chollas Parkway in San Diego.

DAVID WASHBURN

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