We believe good things happen when people know where their food comes from and how it was grown. 

All Fresh Start Farms produce is grown by refugee and immigrant farmers who collectively grow over 50 types of vegetables without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Our farm facilities in Lisbon, ME have been constructed and are managed according to current food safety standards. We serve over 200 CSA customers each year as well as wholesale buyers from public schools, summer camps, produce markets and more.

Here is what some of our customers say about Fresh Start Farms:

Fresh Start Farms has reliably provided Rosemont Markets with the highest quality produce, friendly service, and consistent, timely deliveries. Open lines of communication, being key to buyer/seller relationships have been impeccable. Fresh Start Farms provides an important support system for new American farmers, and we are fully committed to future patronage. – Jason Merritt, Operations Manager, Rosemont Produce Co.

I am happy knowing that my purchase is supporting training and land access for new American farmers in Maine. Through buying from Fresh Start Farms, I have been able to build meaningful relationships with African refugees and access delicious fresh vegetables. Jonah Fertig, founder and former Catering Coordinator and worker-owner at Local Sprouts Cooperative

I love the excitement each week during season when the CSA bags arrive.  “What do we have this week?”  I pull apart the bag like a child on Christmas morning. Cultivating Communities offers healthy choices made affordable and easy.  I also enjoy the exposure to food I would not otherwise have experienced…like husk cherries—yum yum yum.  I am so glad Cultivating Communities found me. I look forward to many more years of Cultivating Community’s farm shares.  Thank you! – Joanne Majka, 2015 CSA member at the Animal Refuge League.


CSA members who took our survey told us what they like best:

  • The vegetables are delicious and fresh and I love that it comes right to [my place of] work! 
  • We like the convenience, freshness, and quality
  • What I’ve liked best is knowing where my food is coming from and supporting new Mainers
  • Affordable and fresh vegetables grown by farmers who benefit from this program
  • My CSA has been a great balance between tried-and-true (potatoes, tomatoes) and broaden-my-horizons veggies

We invite you to read about the impact of our work: Selected Readings.


We invite you to enjoy the harvest, too. 

Cultivating Community

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