The New American Sustainable Agriculture Project’s 30-acre farm takes up two sides of Littlefield Road in Lisbon, Maine. This farm stand is where the immigrants sell their crops.
NASAP’s farm in Lisbon, Maine.
In this mild day in October, most of the crops had already been harvested and sold.
One of the greenhouses at NASAP’s farm, where immigrants kept their harvested crops.
NASAP’s training coordinator Daniel Ungier estimates that 80-90% of the participants are refugees, and two-thirds are Somali Bantu.
In 2009, NASAP teamed up with Cultivating Community, an organization that used sustainable agriculture as a tool for community development, and expanded to include training, marketing, and sales assistances for the immigrant participants.
In the fall, Ungier and his staff will help the immigrants keep accurate records of their income and their expenses.
Omasombo’s 1/4-acre plot.
Omasombo’s friend Mark Fata, also a refugee from the Congo, has tagged along, and walks gingerly among the rows of African eggplant.
Mark Fata shows me the inside of an Africa eggplant. Although they have not yet become full, purple bulbs, he picks them off the stem and eats them whole.