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To assist recent immigrants to Maine to create viable and sustainable opportunities and businesses and increase their capacity to provide for their own food needs and those of the larger community.
The New American Sustainable Agriculture Project is a community-based agricultural initiative with multiple collaboratores including some of the most socially disadvantaged farmers in the United States. The long-term goal of the project is to encourage and support socially disadvantaged farmers tosuccessfully acquire, own, and operate farms in Maine and New Hampshire. Current participants live in either Lewiston or Portland, Maine though their homelands are Africa, Asia and Latin America. Most are refugees and some are migrants who originally came to Maine to work in agriculture. Although some just arrived in the US this winter, there are some who have participated in NASAP for four growing seasons and are ready to take the next step in their farm business development. They all aspire to the lifestyle that rural Maine offers them and their families and hope to be farm owners one day.
- Sepideh Hakimzadeh
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