New Farms for New Americans 

​Our Mission: to help refugees and immigrants continue to practice their agrarian traditions through the production of culturally significant crops.

New Farms for New American’s (NFNA) NFNA provides subsistence-size plots of land to all participants, which in turn gives the farmers the opportunity to feed their families and live a more food secure life. NFNA fulfills its mission by overseeing six acres of farmland, providing workshops on the specifics of farming in Vermont, and helping farmers to overcome the barriers that may prevent them from receiving farming and gardening technical skills.

 

NFNA's farmers have long agrarian traditions that include organic practices, food preservation and seed saving. Cross cultural agrarian learning and sharing is an essential component of the program. NFNA participants have so much to teach and share with the Vermont agricultural community--from new crops to different ways of havesting and preserving their produce.

 

NFNA serves over 90 households from Africa and Asia who are contributing significantly to a working landscape in Vermont.

Meet Abdi Abdi, one of our farmers

       I am a refugee, but there are people living in the United States, who have money, and are still farming because they believe in it.

 

The reason I farm is because everything that people eat comes from the ground. I believe in farming. If I can, I want to save some (vegetables) and also give some away to the community for free. I will give corn to my family, my neighbors, even you, if you need it. I am willing to help people out with my farm and I am willing to convince them to farm if they want it. I came here as a refugee and I have many opportunities. One of those opportunities is to farm.

 

To have our own product, to eat our own food without having to wait for the government; it is better to have fresh vegetables and corn to eat. I have figured out that I can help people if I grow my corn. I can help others by giving them what I grow. I feel great giving back to the community by sharing what I have planted on my farm.

- Abdi Abdi 

Meet Indra Khadka, from Bhutan

       I started farming in the same year I landed in the U.S and have been doing it since.

 

This is the seventh year that I have been farming in the U.S.  It took a very long time for me to learn [how to adapt my growing techniques for Vermont’s climate] because it is totally a different temperature. We used to plant anything at any time in Bhutan because the temperature was not as cold. Here, we have to know what temperature, how hot or how cold, the seeds can tolerate.

 

If I could everything within my family, everyone in my house, I will have around 20 or 22.  I feel very happy if I get the change to feed all of my family and all of my relatives I teach my whole family. I save a lot of seeds and give them to my family. Also, I explain how and when to plant and how to prepare the base. I teach my whole family how to grow the vegetables and I explain to them which are good in traditional ways and which are good for health. I really do enjoy working in the field. I love my field. I will keep farming.

- Indra Khadka

NFNA around the web

Videos

Photography

"Of Land & Local"-- Jean Luc Dushime

Press

"Paying it Forward"--Edible Green Mountains

 

"Gardeners raise hard-to-find vegetables in Vermont"--Burlington Free Press

 

"​Bhutanese Refugees, Prove You Can Harvest Rice, in Vermont"--Public Radio International

 

"New Farms for New Americans in Vermont"--USDA Blog



"New to America, Old Hands at Agriculture"-- Local Banquet

"Seeking Respite, Global Refugees Resettle in Vermont"--U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants

 

"2013 Rice Harvest" --Video of Harvest Jean Luc Dushime

 

"NFNA feeds the hunger for foods from back home"-- Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist

 

"Starting a New Tradition" WCAX

 

"Across the Fence" UVM

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We worked with UVM to create a booklet we're very proud of, "Global Food, Local Food: Guide to Growing, Harvesting & Preserving African & Asian Crops in the Northeast".

 

Learn more about the book here ,download below or email Alisha to buy a physical copy. 100% of all proceeds are used to support farmers through the purchase of seeds and tools.

Download our eBook
Support NFNA Farmers by Donating: 

$30

Sponsor a gardener by providing:

Seeds for the season.

 

Sponsor a gardener by providing:

Seeds and a grub hoe.

 

Sponsor a gardener by providing:

Seeds, a grub hoe & compost.

$60

$110

Find NFNA Graduates Selling Produce and Prepared Food at:

Old North End Farmers Market

Winooski Farmers' Market

UVM Farmers' Market

City Market

Stone Soup

Namaste Market

Good Luck Market

Thank you to our: 

Sponsors: Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Growald Foundation, Powell Family Foundation



Partners: UVM Extension, Burlington Area Community Gardens, Vermont Community Garden Network, Winooski Valley Park District, and the Intervale Center