New Farms for New Americans 

Our Mission: New Farms for New American’s (NFNA) mission is to help refugees and immigrants continue to practice their agrarian traditions through the production of culturally significant crops. 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.

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

Support NFNA Farmers: 


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.



Click on title to view video or read the article about NFNA


"Global Food, Local Food: Guide to Growing, Harvesting & Preserving African & Asian Crops in the Northeast"


"Paying it Forward"--Edible Green Mountains


"Of Land & Local"-- Jean Luc Dushime


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


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


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


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


"Starting a New Tradition" WCAX


"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


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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

Meet our Farmers: