At the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, a Karen refugee from Burma named Tri Sa tends twenty-seven rows of crops and finds community with fellow Karen.
Directed by Morgan Capps and Heather Stewart Harvey for the 2013 Documentary Video Institute.
Nay Blu is a refugee farmer that grows both American and Burmese crops on land provided by the organization, Transplanting Traditions. He is one of 800 refugees from Burma living in Orange County, North Carolina, who have escaped ethnic cleansing in their homeland and left overcrowded refugee camps in Thailand.
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (TTCF) is located on 269 acres of preserved farmland owned by Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC). With a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC in 2010, TLC was able to set up the initial infrastructure of the land in partnership with TTCF with the goal to host an educational farm project on the property forever. This unique partnership between TLC and TTCF is the only one of its kind in the Southeast.
New documentary made by Transplanting Traditions Youth Collaborative.
This team conducted all the interviews, took the photos, translated, wrote subtitles, created the storyline and edited every bit of this documentary! It was not possible without help from dedicated community volunteers and support from NC FYI: Food Youth Initiative and Resourceful Communities. Thanks to everyone for getting these important stories out into the world.
Transplanting Traditions began in 2010 with complete funding support from a 3-year federal grant through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In May of 2013, TTCF was due to end this 3-year funding cycle. In response, we launched our first major fundraising effort through the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. We managed to raise $15, 571 from 193 individual donors, mostly from the local community. These funds were equally matched with donation from a local family foundation. TTCF is forever grateful to the supportive and enthusiastic local community. This video was made during this fundraising effort.