Exciting News: We just found out that if we make our $15,000 dollar goal an anonymous donor will match it with an additional $15,000.
We have to get there! Please help by donating and sharing our campaign with friends, family and colleagues.
Hello! We are the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, an educational farm project that is transforming the lives of refugee families struggling to overcome the challenges of adapting to new lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. These refugee families were all farmers in their home countries and come to the United States with only the clothes on their back but with big dreams of becoming farmers in America!
Transplanting Traditions is a vocational agricultural program that works with over 150 refugee adults and children to build economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially sustainable local agricultural business opportunities for refugees living in North Carolina. This project was started in 2007 by The Orange County Partnership for Young Children as a community garden project and expanded into a farm in 2010.The farm is a partnership project with Triangle Land Conservancy and is located at their 269 acre Irvin Farm. This unique partnership helps provide a permanently protected space for this program
Transplanting Traditions provides growing space for each family on its 4 acre farm. In addition, farmers attend agricultural, business and marketing workshops. We provide over 72 on-farm workshops and 32 hours of classroom training per year! Farmers grow over 20 different crops native to their tropical home countries and each year the farm becomes a tropical paradise of turmeric, ginger, snake gourd, bitter melon, hibiscusand so much more. Farmers participate in marketing their produce through local farmer's markets, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and restaurant sales.
In addition the farm is an important community space for refugees to learn, share ideas and preserve cultural agricultural heritage while simultaneously transitioning to their new lives in N.C.
"I want to become a successful farmer one day. I want to own more land and farming machinery. I will not only grow vegetables but also rice, and raise chickens, cows, turkey and other farm animals. But right now I have nothing to start." --Transplanting Traditions Farmer
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm faces FUNDING LOSS in September of 2013. Your contribution will help save this non-profit project!
How Your Contribution Helps
Your contribution will help keep this project rolling! We are really hoping to go over our $15,000 goal so that we can:
- xpand our refugee youth farm programming.
- Improve our refugee-run farmer's market.
- Allow families on our waiting list to begin growing at the farm and participating in Transplanting Traditions educational opportunities.
Check out our amazing perks that we offer as thanks for your contribution. Everything from an intimate farm to fork dinner at Transplanting Traditions to a packet of unique seeds that you won't find anywhere else!
Also remember that any amount you give WILL help. Indiegogo allows you to customize your giving amount. Every dollar helps.
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And thank you from the bottom of our hearts!