The Los Angeles Times’ Column One today features a nice profile of the New Roots Community Farm in City Heights. The farm, where newly arrived refugees grow food alongside longtime City Heights residents, opened late this summer following a long and drawn out permitting process.

The Times’ article tells the stories of two refugees, one from Somalia and one from Cambodia, whose similar histories and shared love of the land have made them unlikely friends.

David Washburn wrote about the garden last year before it opened, profiling Hamadi Jumale, a Somali Bantu refugee instrumental in the garden’s creation.


Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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