Fresh Start Farms
Great food. Great People.
Fresh Start Farms is a local food aggregate consisting of refugee and immigrant farmers located in New Hampshire. Fresh Start Farms was initiated as an economic capacity building project by ORIS-Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success to support new Americans aspiring to start sustainable farm businesses consistent with their cultures, lifestyles, and personal ambitions. Participants in ORIS's incubator, farmer-training program, as well as farmers that have developed cooperatives designed to meet goals of self-sufficiency, sell their products under Fresh Start Farms. Farmers enjoy 100% profit from their produce sales, providing economic self-sufficiency and integration into New Hampshire's vibrant and growing local food system.
About Fresh Start Farms farmers:
The New American Farmers Cooperative: The New American Farmers Cooperative was established in 2016 by a group of 9 refugee farmers transitioning to independence out of ORIS's farmer incubator program. Organizing as a cooperative has allowed the farmers to increase their efficiency and profitability thus leading to overall sustainability. Farmers represent the Somali-Bantu, Congolese, and Bhutanese communities. They bring rich agricultural experience from their countries of origin in addition to the experience they have gained while farming in the United States. New American Farmers Cooperative's plots are located in Dunbarton, NH.
Umoja Farmers: Umoja Farmers organized in 2017. Umoja signifies togetherness or unity in the African language Swahili. Umoja farmers structured itself cooperatively in order to increase its members growing capacity and to establish a recognizable identity. Umoja farmers represent the Congolese, Burundi, and Rwandan communities. Their plots are in Concord, NH.
“The time has come to reclaim the stolen harvest and celebrate the growing and giving of food as the highest gift and the most revolutionary act.” Vandana Shiva
Fresh Start Farms produce is available through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, at farmers' markets, and through wholesale channels. In an effort to ensure our food is accessible to everyone, we accept SNAP benefits, we participate in the Granite State Market Match Program, we participate in the Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program, and we facilitate payment plans. Check our CSA & Farmers' Markets page for information on these purchase options. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 603.296.0443.
How we grow our food:
Our produce is grown using sustainable and organic growing methods; we don't use chemical pesticides and our foods are spray-free. Companion planting and pest control using beneficial insects contributes to soil health as well as the health of our local ecosystems.
Volunteers and interns are essential to our work. We work to closely match the needs of our organization with the skills and interests of all our volunteers and interns. Please contact us to explore opportunities for the upcoming growing season. You can also check our Facebook page for updates on the farm and the needs our farmers may have during the season. We also offer the opportunity to donate a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share(s) to newly arrived refugees and asylees in partnership with NuDay Syria. Please go to our Share a Share page for more information on this exciting collaboration.