- Rooftop gardening, and cooking lessons, come to new apartment building in Portland – Portland Press Herald, August 9, 2015, on Cultivating Community’s collaboration with Avesta Housing on the rooftop garden at 409 Cumberland
- New Eastern Prom Garden Ready to Go – Portland Press Herald, June 21, 2015 on Cultivating Community’s co-creation of a new community garden
- Munjoy Hill Bears Fruit for Portland Children and Communities – Portland Press Herald, May 10, 2015, Portland comes together to create a new orchard for children and adults
New American Sustainable Agriculture Project
NASAP’s innovative model has been featured in publications from The New Yorker to PBS News, from documentary to newsprint. Here’s a snapshot of some of our coverage, plus a few more links to media featuring our work.
- Finding Land, Finding Home – a snapshot of the search for land for graduated NASAP farmers in the Fall 2015 issue of the Maine Farmland Trust newsletter
- Somali transplants put down roots in Maine – an August 2015 story in the Boston Globe about the work of one of our colleagues and partners, the Somali-Bantu Community Mutual Assistance Association of Lewiston-Auburn
- Somali Refugee Farmers – the story of one of NASAP’s mentor farmers, broadcast on Al Jazeera America
The New American Farmers — in the Spring 2015 issue of the Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
- On a Maine Farm, African Refugees Go Back to Their Roots — in the September 2014 Christian Science Monitor
- Somali Farmers Find a New Home in Maine – in the November 2013 issue of Modern Farmer
- Reconnecting Farmers to their Agricultural Roots – in the April 2013 issue of Cornell Small Farmers Quarterly
- Forever Farms podcast about our work, which first aired on WERU in summer 2013
- There is My Home — a 2011 documentary telling the story of two NASAP farmers. The film picked up the Audience Choice Award at the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival.
- Enjoying the Fruits if a Sudanese Farm in Maine a wonderful short biography of one of NASAP’s farmers.
- Videos (here and here) from 2013, students at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland compiled two short videos featuring NASAP farmers.
- Stunning images (here and here) taken by staff at the Lewiston Sun Journal at our training farm site in fall 2013.
- Unique Maine Farms’ website has a in-depth profile of Boyd Street Urban Farm, Packard-Littlefield Farm and many of the farmers that have worked with NASAP.
- A documentary news feature by BBC News in 2012 about the Somali population in Lewiston, Maine — Hussein Muktar, both a farmer and a staff member of NASAP, is featured in the story.
- New Roots in America, an in-depth look of the stories of NASAP participants from Heifer International.
- Letter from Maine: New in Town, published in the New Yorker in 2007.
- Risk Management Video — a short YouTube video that profiles NASAP teaching and training approach.
Our work is part of a national movement supported by colleagues and partners both in Maine and around the country; and part of the vibrant story of the changing face of Maine. If you’d like to connect more deeply to the context that surrounds and nourishes our work, we invite you to explore more here.
Other Stories of Immigrant and Refugee Farmers
- International Rescue Committee Helps Refugees Plant New Roots, sharing IRC’s work around the country (Modern Farmer)
- A Farmer Reclaims Liberian Roots in New Jersey, the story of a family farmer and his journey (New York Times)
- The Changing Face of California Agriculture – Mark Bittman writing about the Hmong growers in California (New York Times)
- New Lands in Massachusetts, profiling New Lands Farm in Central and Western Massachusetts (Food Solutions New England)
- FSA Partnership Helps New Farmer Connect to the Land, profiling World Farmers/Flats Mentor Farm in Massachusetts (USDA blog)
- From Bhutan to NY’s Dairy Heartland: Bhutanese refugees who have taken part in a NY state program, learning to be milkers at Alfred State College and then training on local farms (New York Times)
- Refugees are Putting Down Roots in North Carolina (Civil Eats)
- Meet the Refugee Helping to Feed Cleveland (Al Jazeera)
- Minnesota’s Immigrant Farmers Establish New Roots, profiling the Twin Cities area (Star Tribune)
- When The Uprooted Put Down Roots, profiling San Diego, CA (New York Times)
- Refugees Put Down New Roots, profiling Kansas City, KS (The Atlantic)
- Refugee Farmers Find Solace in a Floodplain, profiling Burlington, VT (New York Times)
- A Vacant Lot in Phoenix Offers Refugees a Taste of Home, profiling Phoenix, AZ (New York Times)
- Immigration and assimilation: After dislocation, a Hmong refugee finds a fit, in Clovis, CA (Christian Science Monitor)
- Refugees Find Home on The Farm, in Des Moines, IA (Iowa Public Radio)
- Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms, in Salinas Valley, CA (National Public Radio)
- Immigrants Put Down Roots, in Outlook, WA (Capital Press – the West’s leading ag newspaper)
The Story of Lewiston
Somali Bantus Celebrate 10 Years in Lewiston, in the Lewiston Sun-Journal, covers a community-wide celebration and tells the story of the journey up to 2015.
- The Letter, an award-winning documentary about the Somali migration to Lewiston
- Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents, a 2012 book which features NASAP in one of its chapters
- The Somali Bantu Experience: From East Africa to Maine, Colby College’s wiki, which provides excellent background to the Somali-Bantu
- Newsweek’s article “The Refugees who Saved Lewiston”
- The New Yorker’s “Letter from Maine: New in Town”
- Bangor Daily News’ “10 Years of Somalis in Lewiston”
- BBC News and CBS News stories about Lewiston
National and Local Colleagues and Partners
- The Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program at the Office of Refugee Resettlement
- Institute for Social & Economic Development
- National Incubator Farm Training Initiative
- Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine
- Somali-Bantu Community Mutual Assistance Association of Lewiston-Auburn (SBCMALA)
- Maine Organic Farmers’ and Gardeners’ Association (MOFGA)
- Androscoggin Land Trust
- St. Mary’s Nutrition Center