New Roots

New Roots in Salt Lake City - a subsidiary program of the International Rescue Committee - seeks to build healthier communities through the development of small scale, urban farms and community gardens while increasing food access for refugees in Salt Lake City through the Sunnyvale Farmers Market. 

The Sunnyvale Farmers Market was created by New Roots with the goal of increasing access to fresh, locally grown produce in Salt Lake's largest food desert. The market also is a valuable training resource for the New Roots Micro-Training Farm Program. 

New Roots operates on a two-acre farm site in West Valley City and a 13-acre site in Draper, UT – both home to the farm-training program – designed to promote greater economic independence for refugees through market farming.   

New Roots provides training and technical assistance to 17 primary farmers and their families from countries as diverse as Sudan, Burma, Bhutan, Chad, DR Congo, Somalia, and Burundi. New Roots offers technical training, educational resources, and activities to help refugees build on existing agricultural skills and knowledge and move toward self-sufficiency.   

New Roots Growing Practices: We use no synthetic inputs on our farm sites. We build soil fertility with cover crops and compost, control weeds with human powered tools, minimize insect damage with spun-fabric row cover, and accept a certain amount of crop loss due to pests, disease, and bad weather.   

You can learn more about New Roots here