Author Archives: Fresh Start Farms NH

Cook’s Corner

Here is a video of Jenna of Fresh Start Farms showing a great way to prepare the fresh vegetables available at our farmer’s markets and farm stands. Come visit us and try this delicious-looking stir-fry for yourself!

Immigrants Growing NH’s Food Economy

NHPR wrote a wonderful story on local food that is culturally appropriate for new immigrants in New Hampshire, and Fresh Start Farms and our friends at Common Earth Farms were featured in it.  Check it out!

ORIS In the Media!

Did you miss the “NH Immigrant Farmers Innovation” Twilight Meeting? Here is a video put together from the event!

Also, check out this great article about the farm and farmers featured in the Concord Monitor:

Dunbarton’s Fresh Start Farm provides revenue and connections for New Americans


NH Immigrant Farmers Innovation Twilight Meeting


We would like to invite you to join us at this special event on Tuesday, July 15th from 3-5pm at our farm at 5 Story Hill Rd. in Dunbarton, NH. This is a great opportunity to see where your food is grown and learn more about your farmers and our farm practices! And it’s free and open to the public! 

Farms Stands Begin on June 9th!


Our four farm stands in Manchester will be starting this Monday, June 9th! All of our stands will be offering Double Your Dollars for SNAP/EBT purchases!   

Mondays 2 – 5 PM: Manchester Community Health Center (145 Hollis Street)

Tuesdays 3 – 6 PM: Kalivas Park (Lake Avenue/Spruce Street/Chestnut Street) featuring Common Earth Farms

Wednesdays 3 – 6:30 PM: Lafayette Park (92 Amory Street)

Saturdays 9 AM – Noon: JFK Coliseum parking lot (303 Beech Street)

Countdown to CSA!

Less than one month to the start of our CSA season! We encourage any interested parties to contact to purchase your share of fresh, local produce. As always, springtime will quickly fly into summer, so don’t forget to register before it’s too late!


Rain Gutter Installation

Rain Gutter Installation

Farmers Isho Mahamed and Asli Yussuf install rain gutters on their high tunnel in Dunbarton, as part of a USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service funded initiative.

Volunteers Needed, Saturday April 12th

Please join us as we  equip the five high tunnels with a rainwater catchment system that includes rain gutters and water tanks.  Farm Production Specialist, Anthony Munene, has requested a group of volunteers to help install the gutters on Saturday, April 12th.  Never been to the farm in Dunbarton? Now’s your chance!


This rainwater catchment project is funded by the Natural Resource Conservation Services’ Conservation Innovation Grant.  Not only will rainwater provide most of the irrigation needs for the tunnel, the rain gutters will prevent soil erosion along the edges of the structures from runoff.  Additionally, we will be utilizing solar panels to pump the water from the outdoor reservoirs, through our drip irrigation system!  For more information on this volunteer opportunity, or about the CIG grant, contact

Fresh Start Farms visits Growing Power!


From L to R: Will Allen-CEO of Growing Power, Sylvain Bukasa, and Anthony Munene

From L to R: Will Allen-CEO of Growing Power, Sylvain Bukasa, and Anthony Munene of Fresh Start Farms

Fresh Start Farms growers visited Growing Power’s Milwaukee Headquarters this January at their annual Winter Conference.  A special thank you to Growing Power for providing these farmers the scholarships to attend, and learn from your innovative approach to farming and food justice!

Although the Mid-west was in a deep freeze, Growing Power was still producing food in their extensive high tunnel ecosystems.  Farmer, Sylvain Bukasa, was inspired by the vermicomposting (composting with worms).  Farm Production Specialist, Anthony Munene also reported that nutrient management was a key theme and important lesson.  Throughout the farm, nutrients were cycled, from the worms, to the plants, and to the fish in the aquaponics, and back again.  The two look forward to implementing these ideas at Fresh Start Farms’ training site in Dunbarton, NH in 2014.

Celebrate Food Day October 24th

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for a healthy affordable, sustainable and fair food system.  For more information visit

At the culmination of another season at Fresh Start Farms-NH, we pause and reflect on all of the effort and contributions that the refugee producers, staff, youth interns, and volunteers have made towards the development of a more robust local food system that supports improved nutrition and quality of life for its stakeholders.  This includes improved access to affordable healthful foods and increased food security among refugee and other low income families in Southern New Hampshire!

MFM 2013

Here’s a snapshot of our just some of our work in 2013:

  •  30 new American families increased food security via access to community garden plots at St. Anselms’ College, Liberty Gardens
  •  20 beginning refugee farmers,  increased their capacity for direct marketing via farmers’ markets, CSA, and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
  • 360 different low-income customers purchased fresh fruits and vegetables via SNAP/EBT at one of ORIS’ neighborhood access points.

Now THAT is something to celebrate!


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