February Spotlight on Bakar Family Farm February 20, 2022 by Penny Peavler Amina Osman and her family got their farming start in the U.S. through the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP), a program through which Catholic Charities provides agricultural land, trainings, sales and marketing support for recently relocated refugees. RAPP hosts five incubator garden sites in Louisville that allow settlers from a variety of countries to grow food for their families and for sale. Originally from Somalia, Amina is a Somali Bantu who has been growing and selling produce at Louisville farmers’ markets for more than 10 years. Bantus are an ethnic minority in Somalia, many of whom were brought there from Southeast Africa as enslaved persons. Native Somalis are known as nomadic traders, and Bantu are the farmers.When Amina, her husband, Bakar, and seven children fled the Somali civil war they didn’t know if they would ever farm again, but now the family cultivates two gardens, one plot designated for commercial sales and the other for family consumption. She sells to many local restaurants, especially in the East Market District, and at several farmers’ markets. Visit Bakar Family Farm located along the Shelbyville Road side of the market and enjoy their many varieties of fresh vegetables.