Transplanting Traditions Community Farm envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy affordable food, land, education, satisfying work and a space to celebrate culture and to build strong, resilient communities.
Our mission is to uplift food sovereignty in the refugee community through access to land, education and opportunities for refugee farmers to address community food insecurity and the barriers they face in reaching their dreams of farming. The farm provides a cultural community space for refugee adults and youth to come together, recreate home and build healthy communities, and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of N.C.
Learn more about our educational philosophy here. We are proud to have collaborated with sister projects across the nation to develop and share these educational resources.
Farmers at Transplanting Traditions operate a 170+ member CSA and sell at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and the South Durham Farmers' Market. The farmers grow a mix of familiar seasonal vegetables and Southeast Asian vegetables traditionally grown in Burma. You can learn more about the vegetables we grow and recipes for how to cook with them on our "Vegetables we grow" page. Though not certified, all our produce is grown organically without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides. Learn more about our CSA!
Our Share a Share program uses donations from community members like you to purchase traditional Southeast Asian vegetables and herbs from Transplanting Traditions farmers. This traditional produce is then donated to PORCH and Refugee Support Center who distributes it to refugee families from Burma with limited food access. Learn more and donate here.
The Transplanting Traditions Youth Program has been built from the ground up in collaboration with the refugee community youth. In 2019, ten refugee youth advocated for TTCF and the refugee community through telling stories of their cultures with audio and visual documentaries, hosting weekly Asian vegetable cooking demonstrations at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and organizing a national youth food justice conference here in NC! Learn more about the teen program.
All of the refugee farmers at Transplanting Traditions were farmers in their home country of Burma. They join the farm with a wealth of agricultural knowledge and skills and a deep desire to re-connect to their deeply rooted cultural heritage of farming. However, farming and operating a farm business is drastically different in N.C than in Burma. To help farmers to adapt, Transplanting Traditions works with individual farmers to increase farming skills, providing business workshops and classroom education during the winter.
Transplanting Traditions is dedicated to creating pathways to leadership for our farmers. Our farmer manager program offers the opportunity for dedicated farmers to take on larger roles in the organization. We currently have three amazing farm managers who help keep the farm running smoothly! Get to know the farm managers and the rest of the TTCF team.