Peter & Simonia Kundwa
Why do you want to farm?
I come from a long line of farmers. My parents farmed, grandparents, great great grandparents, and so on. In Africa, I raised rabbits, goats, pork, chickens, and grew vegetables. I went to high school for agriculture as well, where I learned more modern methods. When I arrived in the United States in New York, I grew an acre there as well and farmed for 3 years. When you are farmers, you and your family and community all eat fresh healthy food. I can also support others that need help with food access.
What are you farming right now?
My wife and I farm in West Des Moines at Global Greens farm. We grow traditional African vegetables as well as “American” varietals of vegetables. I also started farming at my home in Des Moines in my backyard.
What’s your vision for your farm?
I envision continuing to farm on Global Greens and access four 50 foot by 50-foot plots and also expand my operation at my home. I would like to have a greenhouse and extend my vegetable growing season. In the future, I would like to farm in the country on an acreage with a home. I would like to grow African vegetable varietals in bulk and sell them to the Burundian community locally, but also in other states. I would explore livestock production like chicken and goats. My aspiration is to farm full time and support my family with my farm. I also wish for one of my children to take over the operation. This is important to me so I can support my family and community with food production but also financially.
Why do you want to participate in this program?
Farming is something that I have always been passionate about and love. I come from a multi-generational family of farmers and is something I feel in my blood. This program will help me to continue to farm and realize my dream.