NASAP / Fresh Start Farms
What we do
NASAP is a community based agricultural initiative with multiple collaborators including some of the most socially disadvantaged farmers in the USA. The long term goal of the project is to encourage and support socially disadvantaged farmers to successful own and operate their own farms businesses. Check out these resources for more context. To that aim, NASAP provides training, on-farm workshops and one-on-one consultation to recently resettled refugee and immigrant farmers living in the greater Lewiston and Portland areas. Read about our program in the news.
The NASAP growers are Latino, Somali and Sudanese farmers and gardeners who are excited about the opportunity to begin farming in the U.S. and look forward to producing for local markets. NASAP assists participants to grow in the Maine climate while also promoting culturally appropriate food production. Sustainable production practices and direct marketing are important program components.
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NASAP farmers who market their vegetables sell under the name Fresh Start Farms, though each farmer is growing and managing an individual farm business. Fresh Start Farms growers sell produce to restaurants and grocers, at farmers' markets and farm stands, and through the CSA. Produce is grown with soil health, environmental well being, and consumer happiness in mind. Although sites are not certified, farmers use organic practices and culturally appropriate growing techniques.
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