New American’s Integrate their Culture to Vermont Farming
Vermont is currently experiencing an influx of migrant workers. The draw to Vermont is the availability of land and access to healthy, inexpensive food that they can eat themselves and sell for a profit. The University of Vermont has created a New American Farmer program to meet the demand for the new refugees’ farming needs. The program conducted a survey to identify future needs for land and technical assistance. Interpreters were hired to improve communication and increase access to support. Workshops and discussion groups were implemented to identify best marketing strategies and niche markets. New American Farmer has led to more than 50 farmers being able to adapt to Vermont’s climate and establish productive farms. These farming communities let migrant workers stay in touch with their culture and community, while also continuing their trade and saving money.
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