Programming for Adults
Participating farmers join the farm with a wealth of agricultural knowledge and skill, some skills are difficult to transfer to North Carolina’s temperate climate. The farm provides weekly hands-on workshops during the growing season and classroom workshops during the winter. In 2012, refugee farmers took part in 36 on-farm trainings throughout the growing season with an average farmer participation rate at 86%. Over the winters of 2011, 2012 and 2013 farmers completed “Grower’s School” an intensive eight-week classroom marketing and business school with a total of 64 total hours of classes taught.
The project also aids farmers in finding outlets for agricultural products. The number of farmers marketing produce and earning supplemental income has grown in size steadily since 2012. In 2012, TTCF farmers began selling vegetables to restaurants as well as through a 26-member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetable subscription program. A total of $11,287 in sales went directly to the refugee farmers. In 2013 famers expanded the CSA program to 47 members and with the support of Resourceful
Communities, they additionally marketed through an independent farm stand and public farmers market. Farmers collectively earned $28,000 in produce sales in 2013. Produce sales are expected to again increase in 2014 with TTC Farmers selling at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.
Programming for Youth
At Transplanting Traditions, we seek to engage the entire family. We provide programming for young 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.
“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