/ Modified jul 27, 2012 6:29 p.m.

Refugees Find Sense of Place in Harvest

Mesquite bean gathering allows Tucson's new residents to connect

Tohono Chul Park on Tucson's northwest side was the scene recently of a visit by some of the city’s newest residents, refugees from a diverse list of counties experiencing strife.

Their visit to the botanical gardens reaped a harvest of mesquite pods.

Barbara Eiswerth, executive director of Iskashitaa Refugee Harvesting Network, says many of these new residents have experienced hardship on the path to becoming American citizens.

Adjusting to a new culture has not always been easy. But through Iskashitaa, and the harvest of local foods, they are able to establish a bond with their new home, and their new neighbors.

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