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Refugees harvest produce to feed themselves and those in need

Avocado harvest
Posted at 8:49 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 12:11:33-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — There's no such thing as a waste with the Iskashitaa Refugee Network.

"They go into people yards with their permission and glean what would otherwise wind up in a landfill," said Tucson City Councilman, Steve Kozachik.

On Wednesday they fed guests at Kozachik's council offices.

Their latest harvest yielded mushrooms, a gift from the University of Arizona, limes, harvested around the city and a bounty from the Benedictine gardens.

The nuns have really manicured an orchard out back and they've got pomegranates and they've got avocados and they've got all sorts of fruit," Kozachik said.

It could be the last harvest ever from the monastery after a rezoning decision from the city last year. new apartments will go up around it.

"It's those apartments that are going to go in the place of where much of that orchard is right now and that's what we're preserving before the buildings go on top of them."

Barbara Eiswerth and Mathurin Maoundonodji from Iskashitaa helped harvest produce from trees around town, and they hope you can help.

"Donate your fruit and put in your fruit tree and we'll be ready to harvest when you're ready to donate," Eiswerth said.

"People can call us and let us know and we can make a time to go and harvest because we are about food preservation because we don't want food to go to waste, that's our purpose," Maoundonodji said.

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