Episode #009 Cultivating Community Pt. 1

January 13, 2014
Brett Sykes
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Episode 9 is the fist of a two part series at the Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon, ME. The farm plays host to the New American Sustainable Agricultural Project (NASAP), a project of Cultivating Community, who’s mission is “to assist immigrant and refugee farmers to build successful farm businesses that are consistent with their culture, lifestyle aspirations, and individual goals” in Maine.

Many of the immigrants come from Somalia, which has made international news over the years for civil warfare and extreme poverty. Farming in Somalia is incredibly sustainable, but their methods are not suited to Maine’s short and wet growing season.  Part one of this mini-series focuses on how the Somalian refugees have had to adapt their farming systems to work with a much larger palate of arable foods, in a shorter growing season. We meet with Somalian Farmers and with Daniel Ungier who leads NASAP. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe in the links above!

 

 

 

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