Towards a Vibrant Regional Food System

“An increased emphasis on regional food systems will have direct and significant benefits to rural communities.  Increased economic activity in food-related sectors of the economy helps communities build and maintain prosperity.  Building on the foundation established [by Congress] in the 2008 Farm Bill, USDA will work closely with all its strategic partners…to develop and revitalize the critical infrastructure for vibrant regional food systems.”- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 2010, in his five-year strategic plan for USDA


About Fresh Start Farms NH

Fresh Start Farms is a collective of refugee and immigrant farmers who are participating in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program. Our New American farmer entrepreneurs represent the Somali-Bantu, Bhutanese and Congolese communities, as well as other ethnic groups. These growers sell produce wholesale to restaurants, colleges and other organizations and businesses, at farmers’ markets and farm stands, and through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program (with pick up sites in the Greater Manchester and Greater Seacoast). Produce is grown with soil health, environmental well being, and consumer happiness in mind. Fresh Start Farms, located in Dunbarton & Bedford, New Hampshire, is a spray-free farm in which farmers use integrated pest management practices with culturally appropriate growing techniques. Fresh Start Farms is a project of the non-profit Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS), located in Manchester, New Hampshire. 100% of the profits from the farm go back to the New American farm entrepreneurs.

Posted on June 11, 2012, in Food for Thought. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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