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Help Make Fresh Start Farms a Farm Forever!

Our Story Hill

Land Purchase Project Commences

Manchester, November 15, 2016:  The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success today announced the commencement of their land purchase project Our Story Hill.  The project aims to purchase a 56.8 acre parcel located in Dunbarton, NH which will secure a permanent farming location for ORIS’s constituents.  The 56.8 acre farm parcel is in a mature state of agriculture operation with infrastructure, buildings and soil developments. 14 refugee farmers currently grow on the Dunbarton land. These farmer entrepreneurs represent the Somali­-Bantu, Bhutanese, Burundi, and Congolese communities, as well as other ethnic groups all permanently relocated to America through our established legal process and review.  They have worked the land for five years, building the soil and creating infrastructure within their farm businesses.  The farm successfully grows thousands of pounds of produce each year that is sold through farm stands, farmers markets, CSA membership and wholesale accounts throughout the southern tier of New Hampshire.

The project was developed to address the needs of the landowners, ORIS and the farmers.  The landowners need to sell and have provided the opportunity for ORIS to become permanent owner, through a generous bargain sale.  The refugee farmers have worked hard to build their own sustainable businesses, but without land security their investment will be lost.  ORIS must now raise the funds to purchase the land and provide long term secure use to the farmers.

With the assistance of The Russell Farm & Forest Conservation Foundation (www.russellfound.org), ORIS has secured the amazing opportunity to purchase the land through a Purchase and Sales Agreement bargain sale price of $90,000 (appraised at $187,000 in 2015).

Successful purchase of the land will provide further opportunities on this 56.8 acre parcel, creating the possibility for ORIS to pursue goals of developing a permanent farm community for refugee farmers to continue their successful careers as farmers and further develop independence.

To follow along with the Our Story Hill project, or to get involved, please visit http://refugeesuccess.org/our-story-hill.

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New! 2016 CSA Sign-ups Available

Enjoy fresh vegetables all summer long with our many options and pick-up sites!  To find out more information about our CSA program and how it works, please visit our CSA page.

We are excited to offer our pickup sites out to fourteen convenient locations!   If you are ready to register on-line, click here.

DID YOU KNOW? If you would like to purchase a CSA, but find it out of your reach financially, we offer 50% OFF when you pay with your SNAP/EBT benefits. SNAP/EBT payments are made bi-weekly throughout the CSA season. If a CSA seems too expensive for you, this option makes it very affordable and accessible!  Contact freshstartfarmsnh@gmail.com for more information.

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Three of the Fresh Start Farms farmers displaying their produce

 

We Want Your Opinions!

We are conducting a quick CSA member survey. Your feedback will help us to understand how to improve our products and service to you and best satisfy your preferences in upcoming seasons.  Your participation is greatly valued!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHMQ2Q2

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Updated CSA Pick-Up Sites for 2015

Bedford Farmers’ Market: Tuesdays 3-6pm

Derry Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays 3-6pm

Dunbarton, at the farm: Please contact to arrange weekly time

Londonderry High School: Wednesdays 7pm

Manchester Community Health Center, Hollis Street: Mondays 12:30-3:30pm

Manchester Farmers’ Market, Congress Street: Thursdays 3-6:30pm

Manchester, JFK Coliseum/Beech St. School: Saturdays 9am-12pm

Manchester, Kalivas Park, Lake Ave./Spruce St.: Tuesdays 2:30pm-5:00pm

Manchester, Lafayette Park (in back of CMC): Wednesdays 3-6:30pm

Merrimack Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays 3-6pm

Newmarket Farmers’ Market: Saturdays 9am-1pm

Salem Farmers’ Market: Sundays 10am-2pm

Farmers Dinner Gala– proceeds benefit ORIS

The Farmers Dinner is pleased to announce a partnership with The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce to bring the first annual Farmers Dinner Gala, supported by Great American  Downtown and Celebrations Catering, to downtown Nashua on Sunday, June 21, 2015.  All proceeds will go to benefit the following charities: Marguerite’s Place, Gate City Community Gardens Inc and The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS). The Court St. Theater will be transformed into an old farm while guest speakers from the local agricultural community and the three charities will be coming together to inform, educate and inspire. Guests will be greeted with a three course hors d’oeuvres menu crafted from local, in season ingredients grown just miles away. Celebrations Catering of Nashua New Hampshire will be preparing the food.Tickets for this event are $35 and can be purchased by going to http://www.thefarmersdinner.com. For more details, visit http://www.thefarmersdinner.comor contact The Farmers Dinner at (603) 913-9854, info@thefarmersdinner.com.

Farmers Dinner Gala Press Release

NEW CSA pickup site — Look for us in Newmarket!

We are announcing that Fresh Start Farms is making its way into the Seacoast!  Isho Mahamed will be selling her fresh and flavorful produce at the Newmarket Farmers’ Market this year.  CSA shares are available for pickup as well (contact to sign up).  Testimonies from Isho’s customers are that the produce is awesome!

Support Isho’s small-farm business Saturdays from 9am-1pm at the Newmarket High School from June 6th to October.  Find a variety of greens, hearty root vegetables, fresh herbs, ripe tomatoes grown in the high-tunnel, and more.  Try something new, such as African eggplant or other specialty crops important to the refugee communities.  Know your farmer and your food.

Please spread the word!

New CSA Online Payment Option

Becoming a Fresh Start Farms CSA member just got easier! Now when you get that craving for some freshly harvested crunchy cucumbers and juicy tomatoes you can purchase your CSA share online with a click of a button! Please be sure to be in touch to confirm your desired pickup location.  The link to sign up:  http://refugeesuccess.org/fsf/

Seeking New Participants

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We are hosting an orientation session on February 12th at 5:30pm for any refugees or immigrants interested in joining Fresh Start Farms. Language support will be provided; please contact us to arrange translation. If you know of any individuals or groups interested, please let them know of this opportunity!

Winter Workshops

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Look what we’ve been up to this winter! The group of greenhouse farmers attended a workshop with UNH Cooperative Extension to learn about selling to institutions and restaurants, food safety and Good Agricultural Practices, risk management, and more. We are excited to expand our markets!

Please Share

Please share around your community space, workplace, or organization! We appreciate your support and involvement🙂

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