The Transplanting Traditions Youth Program has been built from the ground up by the youth involved. This year ten refugee youth advocated for TTCF and the refugee community through cultural story telling with audio and visual documentaries, weekly Asian vegetable cooking demonstrations at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market and by organizing a national youth food justice conference here in N.C.! Read about it here: Young Food Justice Leaders Speak Out, Civil Eats
Learn more about what we do below and listen to the documentary podcast we produced with Southern Foodways Alliance!
Help us grow this incredible program by donating towards our $10,000 goal. This funding supports all program supply costs, guest teachers and provides stipends so that youth are compensated for the 75 hours they each contribute towards meeting program goals.
In the summer of 2017, we hired Ree Ree Wei as our Youth Program Assistant. As a former youth program member, she expertly planned and implemented summer 2017 youth programming. Read about the youth program in her words:
“The youth who are participating in TTCF youth program are refugees from Thai refugee camp and their parents are from Burma. As the first generation arriving in the US at a young age, these young activists found TTCF as a bridge to share their cultural background and stories about their ethnicity.
However, what is it that they need to do and have in order to tell their story? Well, this is where TTCF comes in to help. The youth program started in 2013 without a centralized goal, but with an idea to teach the community about culture through traditional food. As more resources arrived at the doorstep and community connections made, the program grew. The youth began to attend conferences focused on race equity and social, food and climate justice with Food Youth Initiative state network and connect with national food justice networks like Rooted in Community .
The TTCF Youth program is now strategically important for the growth of the farm in the context of community building. The roles and activities the youth participated in shows characteristics of future leaders through their:
- Public speaking
- Community Organizing
- Ability to organize for events and workshops
- Ability to teach others how to cook and how to tell their story
- Ready to serve
In other words, now TTCF cannot exist without the youth leadership. Help us grow this incredible program!
*Donations will appear as a donation to the Orange County Partnership for Young Children. 100% of this donation will go directly to Transplanting Traditions,