New Farms for New Americans 

A community-based gardening and agriculture program for refugees and immigrants

6,300 refugees have settled in Vermont over the past 30 years

Many of them come with a lifelong experience of farming, but once here many do not have easy access to land and resources to continue their agrarian traditions. Most importantly, without New Farms for New Americans families would not be able to grow large quantities of fresh vegetables for their families, grow culturally significant crops or address food and financial security.

Our Mission

NFNA provides education and training for farmers who are new to the U.S. and may be unaccustomed to Vermont's climate. With long agrarian traditions including organic practices, food preservation, and seed saving, NFNA's farmers have so much to teach and share with the Vermont agricultural community.

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In the Media

March 04, 2016

One powerful way to keep that connection to home alive—while providing economic security and a sense of grounding in a new community—is food. Through cooking and farming, nonprofits and for-profits alike are welcoming refugees to America with a rare opportunity to preserve their past, while building a new life. Here, we take a look at some of the organizations paving the way to a new life for migrants.

April 13, 2016

When Burmese native Tri Sa tends her pepper plants and lettuces, she doesn't often think of the work that her vegetables require. For her, tending the soil is a needed break from the harsh chemicals at her housekeeping job.

October 31, 2014

As seasoned farmers we have to help bring on the next generation, more so than any other occupation,” said Scout Proft, 52, founder and primary caretaker of Someday Farm, a 185-acre diversified farm in East Dorset.

August 31, 2014

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October 07, 2013

Rita Neopaney would have preferred better weather for today's rice harvest; it’s chilly and overcast. But she's philosophical about it.

“Today, the climate doesn't favor us. No sun. So what to do? Vermont,” she says.

June 01, 2010

There’s something exciting happening at the Intervale. “So what else is new?” you might say. “There’s always something interesting happening at the Intervale.”

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Sponsor a Family

Pea Sponsorship: Sponsor one new family to help them build their seed bank for subsequent years. 

Carrot Sponsorship: Sponsor one new family to lease a 1/2 garden plot for the 2022 growing season.

Zucchini Sponsorship: Sponsor one new family to lease a full plot for the 2022 growing season. 




Learn from the farmers, with our cookbook

We published a short book on African and Asian techniques on growing, harvesting and preserving in northeastern America. Download it here: "Global Food, Local Food: Guide to Growing, Harvesting & Preserving African & Asian Crops in the Northeast" 

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