Transplanting Traditions Community Farm

Help 60 refugee farmers achieve their goals of starting their own sustainable farms and decrease food insecurity in their communities.
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States
2 Team Members
This campaign is raising funds on behalf of Orange County Partnership For Young Children, a verified nonprofit. The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can't be specified for any particular purpose.

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.

Our Project

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!


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raised by 193 people in 1 month
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$15,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 31, 2013
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  • $10USD
    A big thank you to you!

    Also your name will go on our website under our list of awesome and generous sponsors.

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25USD

    Transplanting Traditions Community Farm oval shaped bumper sticker featuring our very lovely logo: Water buffalo plowing a farm in Burma.

    42 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013

    Karen Burmese seeds

    Four packets of some of our most exciting Burmese seeds essential in Karen cuisine. 1) Hibiscus Roselle a beautiful plant and great for making tea from the flowers and cooking with the nutritious, tangy leaves; 2) “Karen Looking to the Sky” Peppers, some seriously spicy peppers that are also grown for their beauty. 3) A mix of Lemon, Thai and Holy Basil 4) Snake gourd looks like a long twisting snake and has some of the most beautiful white flowers that are pollinated at night by moths.

    30 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $75USD
    Basket of Karen Burmese herbs

    A gift basket of fresh Burmese herbs in the peak of their summer season. Thai and Lemon Basil, Roselle, lemongrass, eryngo and more! Plus recipe ideas for using them

    9 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $150USD
    Gorgeous framed farm photo

    Framed 8x10 photo of your choice. Documentary journalist Vanessa Patchett spent 6 months documenting the movements of Transplanting Traditions Farm. The result was a breathtaking body of photographic work. Choose from these pictures by copying and pasting this link or got to our website and click on IndieGoGo:

    6 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $225USD
    Asian vegetable cooking kit

    Enjoy an array of Asian vegetables at the height of their season along with recipe cards to direct your cooking. Sample young luffa, water gourd, ginger, galangal, lemongrass, baby eggplants and Karen-Looking-to-the-sky peppers!

    3 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $350USD
    Kids day at the farm

    Bring the whole family or friends for an afternoon on the farm. Learn about where food comes from with your family! Start seeds, learn how to build water-saving raised beds and come away with ideas for beginning a home garden that includes the whole family. Picnic snacks in the Demonstration Garden of Tropical Wonders included.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Karen-Burmese cooking class

    A perfect opportunity to expand your cooking repertoire. Cooking is one of the cornerstones of Karen Burmese culture. Using tropical fruits and vegetables and exotic spices you will learn from our most talented Karen chefs and expand your repertoire by learning how to make a traditional Karen Burmese dish and dessert. As much food from the farm will be provided for this cooking demo as possible. At the end sit down and enjoy an amazing meal!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013

    Lantern Restaurant Dinner

    A ticket to our private Lantern Restaurant fundraiser featuring a Karen Burmese themed dinner and a night of entertainment.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Farm to Fork dinner for 2

    Enjoy a 4-course Farm to Fork candlelit starry skied dinner for 2 at the farm under our open air pavilion. Come early for a tour of the farm and then sit back and relax to Karen music and a delectable Karen meal.

    2 out of 5 claimed
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