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Pop-up market at Asper campus selling Yazidi-grown vegetables

Thanks to the combined efforts of Yazidis who have settled in Manitoba, along with volunteers from Operation Ezra, and the very generous assistance of Bo Wohlers, owner of Shelmerdine Nursery, over eight acres of vegetables that had been seeded on a farm that had not been in use in the St. Francois Xavier area produced a bumper crop of 33 different kinds of vegetables this summer.






Some of the Yazidis who picked vegetables the 1st day of harvesting Aug. 18

The first vegetables were picked Sunday, August 18 by some 35 members of Yazidi families along with volunteers from Operation Ezra.
The vegetables picked that day were sufficient to provide vegetables for 52 different Yazidi families that have arrived to Manitoba as refugees since 2105, which was when members of ISIS either massacred Yazidis living in northern Iraq or forced them to flee to Mt. Sinjar.
Beginning the third week of August a pop-up vegetable stand began operations in front of the Asper Campus every weekday. The results were so successful that the stand continued operations for a second week, also for one day (Sunday, August 25) at the Simkin Centre. Proceeds from sales will be used to plant vegerables again on even more acreage next spring, also donated by Shelmerdine Nursery.
According to Nafiya Nasso, spokesperson for the Canadian Yazidi Association, “We will be running the market until end of September (ish) Tuesday-Friday from 8am-2pm at the Rady. All the funds will be going towards a bigger farming project next year!

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