Burundian Growers Find Roots In Louisville

By Roxanne Scott WFPL

On the 21 acres of grassy land that surround the barn-shaped Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, Joseph Kashamura is wearing red pants and black rubber boots. He’s watering intore, an eggplant native to Africa.

His day job is packing metals in boxes on Preston Highway. But every day when he’s done with work, he comes to the center off Newburg Road to work on an acre-sized patch of land.

“I feel so happy to be here with other friends in the evening,” he says.

For some refugees, feeling at home in a new country can be difficult. But a group of refugees, mostly from from the small African country of Burundi, is adjusting to life in Louisville with the help of a new farm in the Highlands neighborhood. These growers are using skills from their native country to find solace, reconnect to home and build an economic future.

Kashamura is proud to say, at the time of the interview, that he’s lived in Louisville for two years, three weeks and five days. He lives here with his wife, five sons and daughter. He’s from the Democratic Republic of Congo and was also in a refugee camp in neighboring Burundi.

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