Gleaning Trees for (and with) Refugees

This video combines two of my favorite things–local news and tree gleaning. Here, Tucson’s KVOA tells us about Iskash*taa Refugee Harvesting network, which gleans backyard citrus trees to sweeten refugees’ lives.

Plus, it’s awesome to see the recipients harvesting alongside others. That experience and interaction will benefit both recipients and volunteers.

My one complaint: how about spelling out the significance of the group’s name? Mostly how cool it is that they get to have an asterisk in their name.

Other than that, it’s an enriching few minutes. As we see, not only does gleaning trees provide fruit for those in need, but it’s also a blast.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted June 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Iskashitaa means “working cooperatively together” in Maay Maay, a dialect of the Somali Bantu. The asterisk in the name came about to replace the I when United Way’s spam filter preventing us from getting email for a few weeks back in 2004 as we were seen as vulgar– sh*t spells manure.

  2. Posted June 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for clearing that up, Barbara. I guess the asterisk is more pragmatic than cool, but oh well. Keep up the great work!

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