Quad-Cities prepares to welcome more refugees than ever | Local News

Some cultivated vegetables, herbs and fruits are common in American supermarkets: potatoes, onions, corn, cabbage, eggplant, spinach.

Others are less well known. A vegetable is called intoryi, a vegetable the size of a Roma tomato, the consistency of an eggplant and white in color. Another is a leafy green called lenga-lenga.

Tapestry Farms donates a portion of its crops to refugee and low-income families to provide them with healthy and familiar food, and also sells it, in a system where individuals or organizations buy stocks, the product of which is delivered to half-bushel cans. all summer.

The organization wrapped up last summer with new land at 3rd Street and Brown Street, which McGlynn imagines will one day be the organization’s headquarters with the renovation of a vacant building into office space. She would also like to increase the sales of the organization’s products to make it a more important source of funding.

Tapestry Farms’ dual purpose of social support means that its multifaceted work is tailored to the needs of a family. So two days are not the same, McGlynn said.

On a recent windy day in November, McGlynn described her day: she spoke with local educators about working with the refugee families who were arriving. They ordered food to be delivered to the home of a food insecure family. McGlynn answered a few questions for a client who wanted to independently manage certain medical issues.

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