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.