Author Archives: Fresh Start Farms NH

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!

Fresh Start Farms Mourns the Death of Landowner James Stone

It is with great sadness that ORIS and Fresh Start Farms announce the passing of landowner James Frederick Stone of Dunbarton, NH (See Obituary, below). Farmers and staff will always be grateful for his support of the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, through the use of his land at 5 Story Hill Rd in Dunbarton. He always gave generously of his time and energy at the farm, and was a pleasure to work with. Jim, you will be greatly missed.

Fresh Start Farms celebrate the harvest with landowners Judy Stone, Jim Stone, and Martha Hammond, 2011.

Fresh Start Farms celebrate the harvest with landowners Judy Stone, Jim Stone, and Martha Hammond, 2011.

James Stone’s Obituary by the Concord Monitor.
James Frederick Stone (1937-2013)
James Frederick Stone of Dunbarton passed away Sept. 12, 2013, of a heart attack, one day shy of his 76th birthday.
He was born in Manchester to Earle H. and Mary Ireland Stone. He graduated from Concord High School in 1954 and the University of New Hampshire in 1958, where he was a brother at Alpha Gamma Rho. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
A lifelong resident of Dunbarton, he continued the family tradition of farming, tilling the same soil his ancestors cleared in the late 1700s. Jim transformed the small family farm into a modern dairy herd of more than 150 cattle. His habit of working most every waking moment did not stop when he sold his cows in 2006. He then split his time between logging operations on the farm and volunteer work around Dunbarton, including the Dunbarton Conservation Commission; he was on the Mission Committee of the First Congregational Church of Dunbarton.

When not working, he enjoyed occasional trips, flower gardening and time spent with family. He was so happy to be a grandfather. It had been many years since a grandfather was on the Stone Farm. He loved playing their “get the hat” game, giving tractor rides, going on hikes and many other activities. They will miss him dearly but are better having known him for a short time than not at all. He was one to always help whenever and where ever help was needed. He was loved by many and loved many. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and always looked for the good.
Members of his surviving family include his wife, Judy (Taylor), of 47 years; his sister Marion and her husband, Vern MacNeill, brother-in-law Fred and Doris Taylor; son Andy and his wife, Amy; daughter Cindy (Stone) Pinard and her husband, Justin; grandchildren Abby, Sierra and Jamie Stone, and Jonah and Bridget Pinard. He also leaves many neices and nephews. He joins his infant grandson Graham Pinard in heaven.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held 2 pm Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Dunbarton Congregational Church, 6 Stark Highway North, Dunbarton, with a reception following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dunbarton Conservation Commission 1011 School St. Dunbarton, NH 03046 or The Heifer Project International (
The Bennett Funeral Home in Concord is handling the arrangements.

Published in The Concord Monitor from September 15 to September 16, 2013

Fresh Start Farms in the Community

Hello Locavores!

We were on the news this month! Our kale was recently featured on a segment of Cooks Corner. The Manchester Food Coop showed off our prime produce with a Kale Chip recipe which can be seen here. This chip recipe is a keeper!

And earlier this year, our Farm Production Specialist, Anthony, attended the NOFA NH 2013 Winter Conference. They interviewed some of the attendees and put out a video postcard last week. The interviewer asked “What is your favorite vegetable – on a personal level?” – can it get much more personal for a farmer? Probably not. Check it out here.

Also, ORIS is co-hosting a Interpreting workshop with NIFI in Manchester on August 16th and 17th. For more information and an attendance application, download This Link.


And best news for last, our fall season is fast approaching so be sure to sign up for your share!

Thank you!


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