March 8 Seminar Focuses on Refugees in Idaho, Agricultural Internships

Monday, February 28 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho's refugees from around the world will be the focus of a seminar March 8 on the University of Idaho campus at Moscow and new agricultural internship opportunities.
The program, " Refugees: Who Are They, Where Do They Come From," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Idaho Commons Whitewater Room. It will focus on the Idaho Office for Refugees and its Boise-based Global Gardens Refugee Community Agriculture project.
The seminar is sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Dean of Students Office and Office of Multicultural Affairs and University of Idaho - Boise. A post-seminar session will explore three internships offered by the college this summer.
During the seminar, Idaho Office for Refugees Director Jan Reeves will review her office's role in helping refugees from around the world resettle in Idaho. Since the 1990s, some 10,000 refugees have found homes in Idaho.
The Idaho office's agricultural outreach program will be the focus of a presentation by Katie Painter. She directs the Global Gardens project that provides eight locations where some 100 refugee families grow produce and flowers for sale to restaurants or at farmers markets.
The seminar also will include presentations by refugees, including Ilungu Mazanie from the Congo and Rusul Mousa-Bryant from Iraq.
The summer internships will include two focused on farm and marketing and one on nutrition and culinary arts. A discussion of the internship opportunities is planned following the seminar from 1 to 2 p.m.