In the winter, it's not uncommon for Vermont's resettled refugees to suffer from social isolation, sedentary lifestyles, and lack of access to fresh, healthy foods in the main resettlement site of Burlington.
We have continued work 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.