Programming for Adults
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm provides refugee farmers resettled in N.C. access to land, healthy food, agricultural education and small farm business development. All of the refugee farmers at Transplanting Traditions were farmers in their home country of Burma and they join the farm with a wealth of agricultural knowledge and skills and a deep desire to re-connect to their deeply rooted cultural heritage of farming.
However, farming and operating a farm business is drastically different in N.C than it was in Burma. To help farmers to adapt, Transplanting Traditions provides weekly hands-on farming and business workshops during the growing season and classroom workshops during the winter. The farm began in 2010 with one acre and 28 participants and has grown to the current eight acres with 56 adult farmers and their families.
At TTCF, farmers distinctively grow over 40 specialty ethnic crops native to Burma, tapping into an ethnic specialty market for hard-to-source medicinal herbs, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, chilies, hibiscus, Asian basils and Asian pumpkins. Farmers regularly market these specialty ethnic crops within the refugee and immigrant community, reaching beyond Orange County to meet this demand. Economic insecurity and poverty are intense challenges newly resettled refugees face. Transplanting Traditions trains farmers in how to sell farm products to customers providing culturally meaningful income. Since marketing activities began in 2012, TTCF farmers have directly earned over $340,335 selling at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market and the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), through a hunger relief program called “Share a Share”.
You can support our farmers by donating to the farm or purchasing sustainably grown, chemical free, fresh vegetables through our CSA our Share a Share program or at area Farmers’ Markets
Programming for Youth
At Transplanting Traditions, we seek to engage the entire family. We provide programming for young refugee children ages 3-12 during the summer months with a weekly nature-based outdoor camp focused on nutrition and physical activity. Young children with families participating in the project are able to form their own connection to the farm through engaging outdoor activities and cooking activities. All programming is provided free to our low-income families and children and we seek donations and grants to support all programs. We also run a successful refugee teen group: “The Youth group at Transplanting Traditions is all about possibilities in the face of challenges. These youth honor where they have come from, seek out current leadership opportunities, and make change in their community. The entire youth group at TT has done amazing documentary work with elders around foodways and culture: audio work, photography, and video. They host dinners and lead tours at the farm and they help run the farmers market stands, creating avenues for the broader community to understand their culture. The youth support each other.” ~ CEFS Food Youth Initiative program