Growing together

THE Burundian community has celebrated its first harvest of maize through a project that’s bridging cultural divides and giving the refugee community a sense of belonging.

University of Melbourne postdoctoral fellow Olivia Dun and Food Next Door project officer Rachel Kendrigan examine the maize crop with Twitezimbere Burundian community president Joel Sindayigaya and vice-president John Niyera. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

University of Melbourne postdoctoral fellow Olivia Dun and Food Next Door project officer Rachel Kendrigan examine the maize crop with Twitezimbere Burundian community president Joel Sindayigaya and vice-president John Niyera. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

It is all part of the Food Next Door Project, which aims to connect local refugee and migrant groups to vacant land to grow traditional crops.

The project is supported by the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong, Sunraysia Local Food Future and Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council.

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