University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities


Extending the Season for Vermont's Resettled Refugee Farmers and Gardeners

Vermont's growing season relative to other parts of the country is very short, and its winters are dark and long. In their main resettlement site, the city of Burlington, it's not uncommon for Vermont's resettled refugees to suffer from social isolation, sedentary lifestyles and lack of access to fresh, healthy foods.

We have teamed up with New Farms for New Americans (NFNA), a program of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, Inc. (AALV), and UVM Extension's EFNEP program to engage resettled refugee commercial farmers and/or gardeners in:

  • trainings in season extension techniques and winter food storage,
  • assistance with accessing available local farmland,
  • developing business resources, and
  • a focus on adopting good winter health and nutrition habits...

...all with the primary goal of improving access to agricultural expertise, healthy foods and social interaction year round.

Project Team


Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement

Last modified March 13 2017 10:12 AM