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.


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 January 30, 2014, in About Fresh Start Farms. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: