The 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.
The Mission of Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is to provide refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. The farm provides a cultural community space for families to come together, build healthy communities and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of N.C.
Learn more about the refugees from Burma who we serve. We operate a CSA and have refugee farmers selling at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Explore all the South-East Asian vegetables our farmers grow and find recipes for how to cook with them. We also provide refugee youth programming which includes a comprehensive teen program that focuses on leadership development and communication skills. Learn more and get involved through volunteering or a tour.
Learn more about our impact by exploring these articles! 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 150-person CSA share. Our farmers grow a mix of familiar seasonal vegetables and Southeast Asian vegetables traditionally grown in Burma. Though not certified, all our produce is grown organically without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides. Learn more about our CSA!
The Share a Share program uses donations from community members like you to purchase traditional Burmese vegetables and herbs such as bitter melon and lemongrass grown by Transplanting Traditions farmers. This traditional produce is then donated to PORCH, a local food pantry, who distributes it to refugee families from Burma with limited food access. Transplanting Traditions farmers have reported that access to traditional vegetables is limited and very important to their health, and they remember the difficulty of resettling in NC and beginning to build a home here. Learn more and donate here.
The Transplanting Traditions Youth Program has been built from the ground up by the youth involved. This year 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 NC! Learn more about our teens
All of the refugee farmers at Transplanting Traditions were farmers in their home country of Burma and 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 it was in Burma. To help farmers to adapt, Transplanting Traditions provides weekly hands-on farming and business workshops during the growing season and classroom workshops 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 our amazing managers: Moo Kho Paw and Paw Moo.