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Behind a house just north of downtown is a small greenhouse hut filled with black plastic trays on shelves and the dirt ground. In those trays grow tiny leafy plants that will soon become eggplant, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, and more. 

For Bizimana Charles, planting season started in February, and by the time the weather warms up, he’ll spend long days at his two-acre farm in Altoona planting, weeding, and then, eventually, harvesting his produce--the same kinds of activities his parents did when they lived in Burundi, Africa, when Bizimana was born 50 years ago.

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About The Author: Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch is the former Strategic Communications Officer at United Way of Central Iowa.