The TTCF Youth Program is strategically important for the growth of the farm in the context of community building. The roles and activities the youth participated in shows characteristics of future leaders through their:
In other words, TTCF cannot exist without the youth leadership. Help us grow this incredible program by donating towards our $10,000 goal. This funding supports all program supply costs, guest teachers and provides stipends so that youth are compensated for the 75 hours they each contribute towards meeting program goals.
Learn more about what we do below and listen to the documentary podcast we produced with Southern Foodways Alliance!
The Transplanting Traditions Youth Program has been built from the ground up by the youth involved. In 2017 ten refugee youth advocated for TTCF and the refugee community through cultural story telling with audio and visual documentaries, weekly Asian vegetable cooking demonstrations at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market and by organizing a national youth food justice conference here in N.C.! Read about it here: Young Food Justice Leaders Speak Out, Civil Eats
In the summer of 2017, we hired Ree Ree Wei as our Youth Program Assistant. As a former youth program member, she expertly planned and implemented summer 2017 youth programming. Read about the youth program in her words:
“I have been volunteering for Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (TTCF) for many years. Experience has taught me many valuable lessons about the importance of culture, history, and storytelling. I was motivated to serve this organization because TTCF recognizes my ethnic background and served as home-away-from-home to many of the local Karen refugees from Burma here in N.C. TTCF has created opportunities for me to express my identity and my background. I have been actively involved in many other organizations that serve others. Although I love the other organizations I work with, there often is no room for me to talk about my cultural background. Having TTCF here gives me the space to open up about myself, my family background, and be connected to my cultural heritage. Before TTCF was founded, I had dreams to give back to the Karen community, but I was young and there were not that many resources out there. While serving with TTCF for the past four years, I learned how to create documentaries, advocate for food justice and the Karen community, plan community events, learn to cook and teach others about traditional dishes. TTCF sent me to conferences to bring back the ideas and take action in order to make TTCF better and the TTCF youth program stronger. There are no better words to describe TTCF as a farm and as an organization that is like home and family. ”
“The Youth group at Transplanting Traditions is all about possibilities in the face of challenges. These youth honor where they have come from, seek out current leadership opportunities, and make change in their community. The entire youth group at TT has done amazing documentary work with elders around foodways and culture: audio work, photography, and video. They host dinners and lead tours at the farm and they help run the farmers market stands, creating avenues for the broader community to understand their culture. The youth support each other.” ~ CEFS Food Youth Initiative program
The youth collected oral histories on culture and foodways from elders in their community throughout the summer of 2019.
Listen their stories and learn more about the event here.