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New Roots Gardening and Nutrition Support

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International Rescue Committee (IRC) of Turlock/Modesto

The New Roots program is an initiative to support nutrition, food security, gardening, enterprise and production activities providing access to resettled refugees to be self-sufficient and lead healthy lives. New Roots volunteers will be placed into a role that best fits them and be empowered to assist IRC staff with helping IRC growers cultivate crops and building partnerships with local businesses so clients can purchase crops that are native to their home countries. In addition, some volunteers will teach nutrition and food-related classes, providing knowledge of healthy food choices from clients’ very own gardens.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 2-4 hrs per week for at least four months. Longer volunteer commitments encouraged.

  • Correspond with New Roots clients and IRC staff to gather information regarding current food needs
  • Locate seeds and plants for crops grown in the native countries of IRC refugee clients
  • Assist clients with planting and maintaining community garden plots
  • Teach courses on planting and/or health and nutrition
  • Build partnerships with local store owners to ensure that foods originating from client home countries can be purchased locally
  • Have practical experience with gardening and/or a general knowledge of nutritional science.
  • Experience teaching nutrition, farming or gardening to others is a bonus.
How to Apply:

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About International Rescue Committee (IRC) of Turlock/Modesto


1209 Woodrow Ave., Suite C4, Modesto, CA 95350, US

Mission Statement

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.


At work in more than 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC's local offices in Turlock and Modesto operate several highly effective programs to meet a wide variety of refugee newcomers' needs. Our offices ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and we work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency through English language classes, job readiness training and civics services. This year, the IRC in Turlock will resettle refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Syria among other countries.

Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


International Rescue Committee3446 N. Golden State Blvd.Suite ATurlock, CA 95382



  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Farming
  • Gardening
  • Nutrition
  • Cross-cultural Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 2-4 hrs per week for at least four months. Longer volunteer commitments encouraged.

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