This New York Shrimp Garden Is Actually Really, Really Cool

"It's not about money. It's about community."

As part of A Plus' new initiative,  The New Americans, a series that highlights and celebrates the contributions of immigrants, we caught up with Jean-Claude Rajmund, the owner of an eco-friendly shrimp garden in Newburgh, New York. 

"The mission is to prove that it's possible to have healthy, tasty, and sustainable shrimp in America. It's not about money, it's about community, people and the planet,"  Jean-Claude Rajmund told A Plus. 

His garden stands in contrast with the worldwide shrimp industry, which he says is notorious for its use of slave labor and chemicals, and is the first of its kind in New York State. The company started three years ago, and is having a huge impact on the local community:  his company serves as a "second chance" place for his employees that have records.

Jean-Claude Rajmund, an immigrant from Brazil, said he learned from his father, an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor, about the importance of giving back.

"I don't care about their past, we just work together," he said. 

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