Meet the Farmers
Twenty-three new American farmers make up Fresh Start Farms. Nine farmers are part of the New American Farmers Co-op and grow at Our Farm on Story Hill in Dunbarton, NH. An additional 14 farmers, the Umoja Farmers, grow on land at the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.
New American Farmers Cooperative
The New American Farmers Cooperative organized themselves cooperatively in 2016 in order to achieve their collective goals of increased self-sufficiency, efficiency, viability, and long-term sustainability of their farm businesses. The member-farmers represent the Somali-Bantu and Congolese communities and bring rich agricultural experience from both their countries of origin as well as the experience gained while farming in the United States and participating in ORIS’ New American Sustainable Agriculture Program. The New American Farmers Cooperative’s plots are located in Dunbarton, NH
Umoja Farmers organized themselves cooperatively in 2017. Umoja signifies togetherness or unity in Swahili. Umoja Farmers represent the Congolese, Burundi, and Rwandan communities. Their plots are located in Concord, NH.