Volunteer Farming Days

Calling all volunteers! 
 
Planting with Purpose: 
Farm Day with the L/A Somali Community 
Saturday May 6th
1:00pm-4:30pm 
 
Rides provided: Please RSVP by Thursday, May 4th!
 
Please join us for an afternoon volunteering at Cultivating Community’s Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon, Maine where Cultivating Community leads the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, now the largest land-based farmer training program in Maine, to support former refugees, as well as other immigrants, in creating farmbusinesses and growing food for their families and neighbors. 
 
Volunteers will be paired with individual farmers for the 3 hour period of work on the farm
Rides, work gloves, water, fruit and delicious homemade snacks will be provided! 

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You can read more about Cultivating Community’s  farmers and the Refugee and Immigrant Farmer Training Program here: 
 
Cultivating Community inherited the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) from Coastal Enterprises, Inc. in 2009. Currently based mostly at the Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon, ME, and at smaller satellite sites in Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, this refugee and immigrant farmer-training program empowers New Americans to launch independent farm businesses, to adopt new leadership roles in the community, and to attain increased economic independence for themselves and their families.
 
The enterprising people with whom we collaborate in this program learn to grow food in the context of Maine’s landscape and weather patterns, to understand the consumer preferences of large buyers and individual customers in the United States, to create individual marketing plans suited to their interests, to become skilled at financial management, and to interact with customers in English.
 
In turn, we all benefit from the rich agricultural heritages that many NASAP participants possess, as well as their desire to grow food for their own families and communities and their new neighbors in the U.S.
 
Our program is frequently in the news and part of a national movement. Check out some of these stories.

The Multifaith Chaplaincy collaborates with Cultivating Community to coordinate Volunteer Work Days at Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon, Maine during the Fall and Short Terms. Volunteers from the Bates community work alongside New American farmers in pairs or groups. Cultivating Community runs a refugee and immigrant training program that empowers New Americans to launch independent farm businesses, to adopt new leadership roles in the community and to attain increased economic independence for themselves and their families.  

To learn more about Cultivating Community’s farmer training program click here.  To request information regarding our next Volunteer Farming Day please email: npelonzi@bates.edu