New Roots Phoenix is a project of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Phoenix, an international non-profit organization that helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. At New Roots, we utilize agriculture to empower refugees and asylees to make connections in their new homeland. To do this, we manage two farm sites and work with two partner organizations, to support over 30 farmers. Learn more about our sites below.
*Please note: Site visits are by appointment only. We welcome all visitors and tours. Please message us on social media if you would like to visit.
CamelBackyard is an urban farm located just off the light rail in Phoenix near 17th Ave and Camelback Rd. We are a community food hub that is proud to grow organic produce through our aquaponics greenhouse and have 20 raised garden beds open to the community. Our shaded outdoor classroom with an adjacent community kitchen provides a great space for educational workshops and classes. With a refrigerator for food storage, sink, and plenty of counter space, it provides a clean outdoor area for gardeners to wash and process produce. CamelBackyard serves as the pick-up site for our weekly CBY produce boxes.
Located off the 17 on Dunlap Ave in northern Phoenix, Cross Connections is our largest site hosting between 20-25 refugee farmers. Farmers get 30x30 foot plots to farm on. They have the option of growing for hobby, to feed their family, to sell to friends, or to sell at grocery stores, markets, and the CBY weekly produce boxes.
Spaces of Opportunity
Partner site managed by Spaces of Opportunity. There are 2 New Roots farmers here with ¼ acre each. This site provides multiple acres of land for the community to farm on and has a farmers market every Saturday.
Partner site managed by Our Lady of Guadalupe Monestary.
Partner site managed by Agave Farms. Currently there are 3 farmers at this site.