Cultural Crops Program

As an organization started by Nubian immigrants, growing food and preparing food from that region has always been a big part of our work. We also believe that an important part of improving the health of our community is providing our neighbors with fresh, affordable produce they are familiar with so they can prepare their own recipes. Though we began with growing Nubian/Sudanese produce, we have recently begun expanding our crop variety as we speak to our customers and neighbors about what kinds of produce are missing from the grocery stores in Boston. Growing, cooking, and sharing food is a very important part of Nubian culture, and we’d love to share what we grow with you!

Crops we currently grow/are trying to grow:

  • Mallow/Mulukhiya
  • Portulaca/purslane
  • Okra
  • Hibiscus
  • Herbs like dill, cilantro, etc.
  • Hot peppers
  • Asian varieties of eggplants and cucumbers
  • Collard greens
  • Green tomatoes (picked before they begin to ripen)

If you have something else you think we should grow let us know! Contact Emily Barbour at or call 617-982-3731.