As we wind down 2014, we reflect on a year of growth and abundance. This year, Transplanting Traditions operated with our highest numbers yet for farmer participation, income earned by farmers, acreage cultivated, visitors, volunteers, community partners and most importantly, pounds and varieties of healthy, traditional, sustainably produced food. Right now we are conducting our end of year interviews with farmers. Even after year four, we still learn new and diverse ways in which the farm provides support for local refugee families
We are so grateful to the community support we have received this year. We enter 2015 with high hopes of maintaining and celebrating this cultural community space that has been created by the community it serves and hope you will join us!
Read more about our successful year below. Click on the links to get the full story!
We regularly hear that the farm is an integral space for bringing families together and passing on cultural knowledge and stories. The farm is a safe and comfortable space for families to gather. Our programs encourage inter-generational sharing and strive to show children the importance of healthy eating, active living and culture as it relates to food. When recently asked why participating in the farm is important, one farmer shared her story about the importance of passing on cultural traditions and health to her children…Read on
This year we had some dry spells some wet spells, some unseasonably cold spells…really a whole lot of unpredictable weather patterns, but the land continues to sustain us and the least we can do is care for it in return. Read on to learn about preserving stories through seeds, cover crops, Thai pumpkin success, expansion to new space and more!
This year farmers earned a combined income of $35,977 through CSA, farmers market and neighborhood sales. Since 2011, TTCF farmers have earned at total of over $70,000 in produce sales through CSA, farmers market, restaurant sales and neighborhood sales. All of this money goes directly back to the refugee farmers……….Read more
This year 32 families farmed at Transplanting Traditions, that’s 116 individuals directly benefiting from the farm and 439 indirectly benefiting through gifting and sharing of vegetables. From Canada to Nebraska to New York, read more about interesting ways TTCF Farmers share their produce across the nation!
Besides providing consistent access to fresh, healthy and traditional produce, the farm is a space that supports mental and emotional health and increases physical activity. 100% of TTCF Farmers report feeling less stressed due to their participation in the farm. One farmer shared,”“I definitely feel less stressed. When I reach the farm, I talk to my friends and work outside, I never want to go home. I just want to be at the farm all day. ” The farm also provides a space for families to be outside and exercise with a purpose. One farmer shared,” Instead of wasting time, we can go to the farm and actually do something. Farming is good exercise -hoeing, making beds, cutting grass. Working the land is healthy exercise and then we get.…….Read on to learn more about health impacts of project.
TTCF hosted 462 visitors during 15 tours of the farm. This year we had our highest number of volunteers, visitors and community collaborations. We look forward to making these efforts grow. Read more about our community engagement efforts during 2014.