An urban farm on the edge of the University of St. Thomas is providing Houston shoppers with fresh produce and refugees a chance at a better life.
In this week's KHOU CultureMap Moment, Channel 11 morning news anchor Lily Jang and CultureMap food writer Eric Sandler visit the thriving urban garden tended by Roy Nlemba, a refugee from the Congo. The non-profit organization Plant It Forward provides the training and tools for Nlemba and others to grow organic, pesticide-free vegetables and sell them at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Eastside on Saturday mornings and to local restaurants.
"This job I pay my rent, I support all my kids," Nlemba said. "I want to continue this job until my kids grow old."
The organization also operates vegetable stands at three locations:
University of St. Thomas, 1318 Sul Ross St., Wednesdays 2:30 - 6:30 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Braeswood Church, 10595 Fondren Rd., Tuesdays - Fridays 2:30 - 6:30 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Westbury Community Garden, 12581 Dunlap St., Saturdays 9 a.m - 5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.