New Farms for New Americans (NFNA) is a program of AALV, Inc. a 501(c)3 organization serving refugees and immigrants new to the United States. The New Farms for New Americans gardening and agriculture program provides land access, education and opportunities for farmers to connect to the agricultural networks in Vermont. Participants in the program bring a great deal of agricultural experience from their homelands and NFNA works to honor and support these agrarian traditions while also recognizing the mental and physical benefits of fresh air and food.
PLEASE NOTE: Since NFNA functions as a community garden, the member worker opportunities generally work to support the infrastructure and program rather than the individual farmers.
Long Term Opportunities Available:
- Weekend Greenhouse Maintenance: NFNA owns a community greenhouse at the Intervale. Similar to the garden, the greenhouse provides access to farmers to start their crops earlier in the season. Over 30 households participate in the greenhouse each year. The “greenhouse guru” primary responsibility is to check that all systems are running, this includes checking that the heat is running, the water is working, and the greenhouse is cleaned. Greenhouse Gurus can sign up for one or more weekends from March-May.
- Intervale Garden Volunteers: Help the gardens at the Intervale maintain a trash-free environment. Weekly walks through and around the farmer plots to mitigate trash that is unintentionally left behind by walking visitors. All hours are flexible.
- Ethan Allen Homestead Volunteers: Help the gardens at the Homestead maintain a trash-free environment. Weekly walks around the farmer plots help to mitigate trash that is unintentionally left behind. All hours are flexible.
- Pollinator Garden: Weeding and watering the pollinator garden. Hours are flexible Do you have experience with farming? Do you have a skill that might be helpful to NFNA, we’d love to hear from you.
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