organizational advocacy & support
for beginning, im/migrant and refugee farmers across the U.S.
Organizations, grassroots efforts and other initiatives working to create just and sustainable transitions for immigrant and refugee farmers rebuilding their lives in the U.S., and improving conditions for our 500,000+ essential migrant farmworkers and their children. Below are links and summaries of each group’s mission and/or focus areas. If you are aware of additional resources please share, as all pages on this site are updated as frequently as possible.
Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP)
“It’s a model for the nation, for the world.” – Michelle Obama
Integrating refugees into the movement sweeping across the United States, to improve the supply and quality of food in urban and rural areas. Refugees—as potential farmers or producers of healthier foods—can make a big impact in their own families and communities at large, bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to the table, and strengthening their own health and well being.
Children in the Fields Campaign (CIFC)
via Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP)
CIFC has partnered with the Child Labor Coalition, the National Consumers League, and other concerned parties to protect farmworker children. Together, they work to publicize the plight of this hidden population and advocate for federal policies that would strengthen the child labor safeguards in agriculture so that they are just as protective as those in other industries.
New Leaf Agriculture
Connecting refugees to sustainable farming opportunities by operating community gardens and a commercial farm.
Nonprofit social enterprise of Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) supporting refugee families through a community garden plot in Austin, and a commercial farm in nearby Elgin, TX. The New Leaf Farm employs organic, sustainable practices while training refugee farmers for paid agricultural work that is dignified, in-demand and familiar from their countries of origin. Established on a conservation easement, our farm grows directly for local makers and also sell produce through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model.
via Chipotle’s Cultivate Foundation
Each year, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps thousands of refugees who have been granted sanctuary in the United States to rebuild their lives. As part of the IRC’s broader resettlement efforts, the New Roots program enables refugees who have agrarian backgrounds and farming expertise to reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate their heritage, and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities.
New Farms for New Americans (via AALV)
A community-based gardening and agriculture program for refugees and immigrants
6,300 refugees have settled in Vermont over the past 30 years. Many of them come with a lifelong experience of farming, but once here many do not have easy access to land and resources to continue their agrarian traditions. Most importantly, without New Farms for New Americans families would not be able to grow large quantities of fresh vegetables for their families, grow culturally significant crops or address food and financial security.
Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC)
Creating Livelihood Opportunities for Refugees.
Envisioning a world in which all refugees have living wage work in their community of resettlement. MRC beliefs include: potential of all refugees to support their families and contribute to their new communities through meaningful, dignified, living-wage work / transformative power of self-sufficiency through dignified work and community involvement / refugees’ freedom to make choices on their journey to self-sufficiency.
Organization for Refugee & Immigrant Success (ORIS)
Aiding in the resettlement of refugee and immigrants in New Hampshire by providing assistance, training, resources, and opportunities that promote self-sufficiency.
Manchester & Concord are areas of national refugee resettlement: individuals/families arriving from Bhutan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Somalia, Burundi, many others. Sustainable integration requires long-term commitment and a complex understanding of economic, social, cultural, linguistic challenges of creating a home in a new country. ORIS is a provider of continued integration services and a bridge to economic opportunity.
Syracuse Refugee Agricultural Program (SYRAP)
A Program of Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment
SyRAP is a training program (via RISE) for refugees who are interested in starting their own farming business or acquiring farmland. Farmers go through three years of ENL, agriculture, gardening, marketing, and business training before they lease or buy land on their own.
Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE)
A Distinct Identity.
Vision: All refugees and immigrants empowered to become economically independent, productive members of society who enrich their new community while maintaining their cultural identity. Annually, RISE provides for nearly 400 refugees and immigrant families from 25+ nations. In contrast to traditional refugee resettlement agencies, RISE provides support for refugees and immigrants beyond the initial 90-day period, ensuring all New Americans are able to lead productive lives, engage in community, and continue to pursue successful integration.
Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV)
Fostering Hope, Dignity and Independence in New Americans to Strengthen our Community.
AALV helps new Americans from all parts of the world gain independence in their new communities through a range of integration services, including bridging case management, workforce development, behavioral health awareness, and interpreter services programming. With support from our multicultural, multilingual staff, our clients are able to smoothly transition to living and working in Vermont.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-preferred and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, we provide critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers.
Pacific Gateway Center
Visionary, innovative and committed to the traditionally underserved.
Empowering low-income residents, immigrants, refugees and other vulnerable populations to achieve self-sufficiency through skill-building and access to opportunities while respecting cultural heritages. PGC is driven by its organizational values of aloha, creativity, diversity, humor, integrity, mutual respect, teamwork and food. These values are foundational to all PGC operations.
Church World Services – U.S. Refugee Resettlement
Since CWS began its work responding to the devastation of World War II, we have helped refugee families rebuild their lives in the U.S. Through partnership with local communities and congregations we ensure each arriving family is met with a warm welcome and provided with services they need to thrive and become valued members of their new communities. Welcoming refugees and helping get a strong start in the U.S. is good for all. Refugees overwhelmingly give back to communities that welcome them, opening businesses, volunteering and becoming actively engaged citizens.
Journey’s End Refugee Services
Where Home Begins Again
Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. is a Christian community-based organization with the mission of welcoming refugees without regard to ethnic origin or creed and to assist them to become healthy, independent, contributing members of the community.
Fresh Start Farms
Help us safeguard food access in uncertain times.
Fresh Start Farms NH is a collective brand for immigrant and refugee farmers participating in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program, a program of the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. We work alongside new American farmers to bring farm fresh ingredients to your table via neighborhood farm stands, farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Wholesale and NH Farm to School.
In spring 2010, a group of families from Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, and Tanzania broke ground on a small plot of land in Decatur, GA. This group of resettled refugees had a strong desire to reclaim their agricultural heritage as a way to support their physical and mental health in their new home. [Umurima] became the inspiration for several hundred more families and organizational partners that would soon form Global Growers Network (GGN). Today, GGN partners with people from diverse cultures who grow fresh food for their families and local marketplaces.