Safiya Abdi is part of a farming-focused non-profit called Global Gardens which encourages farmer participation at the Capital City Public Market. “Global Gardens is a program of the Idaho Office for Refugees. We strive to involve diverse families in healthy lifestyles and entrepreneurial training. We do so through the cultivation, harvest, cooking, eating, and sales of fresh, healthy [chemical-free] produce. We connect the food needs of diverse families with resources to grow and market food.”
Safiya Abdi is from Somalia and is one of Global Gardens farmer entrepreneurs. She began working on her mother’s farm plot in 2010 and decided to lease her own plot from us the following year. Safiya’s “other” job is at Fred Meyer, so she already knew a lot about produce varieties and safe food handling before starting with Global Gardens. After a couple of farm seasons, her husband realized that her farm business was at least as profitable as his taxi business, and began helping at the farm too, enabling her to boost production and sales. In the summer of 2014, Safiya gave birth to her 5th child, a healthy son, and soon after learned that she had cancer and would need daily treatments at the hospital. She had to take additional time off from her job at Fred Meyer, and she reports that the income from her farm allowed the family to continue paying its bills during her recovery. Safiya is now cancer-free and you’ll be able to find her at the Capital City Public Market. She also sells vegetables and manages her own CSA pick-up at St. Luke’s Pop-up Produce stand every Monday from 3:30 – 6:00 on St. Luke’s Boise Campus.