BFRDP Projects

New American Sustainable Agriculture Project in New Hampshire
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $539,275
Grant Program: 2017 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Muktar Idhow


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Project Overview

Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS) implements a project with the long-term goal of improving beginning farmer success and food security among refugee and immigrant communities in New Hampshire. We do this by supporting beginning farmers with the knowledge, skills and tools they identify as needed to make good farm business decisions and enhance sustainability. ORIS' target audience for this BFRDP completely consists of immigrant farmers who have not operated a farm or ranch, or have operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 years. Funding for this ORIS project addresses the needs of limited resource beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged beginning farmers
or ranchers and immigrant farm workers planning to become beginning farmers or ranchers.

From September 2017 to August 2018 progress included:

Workshops: NASAP hosted multiple orientations, informational meetings, and technical workshops, including Agricultural ESL, Financial Literacy, Developing a Farm Enterprise Budget, Production Planning and Crop Calendars for NH

Farm Planning:

  • Farmers developed a crop rotation and cover crop plan for incubator farm sites.
  • NASAP staff supported 13 advanced farmers to apply for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).


  • Trained and facilitated 10 farmers to use wholesale marketing opportunities via online marketplace platforms
  • Expanded two additional farm stands and CSA pickup sites; developed two new large contract wholesale customers


  • 4 farmers attended and networked at the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference in Massachusetts
  • 6 farmers from the greater region attended NASAP workshops

Access to Land:

  • Purchased 56.8 acres (7 acres currently in active farming) in Dunbarton
  • Secured access for incubator farm on 4 acres in Concord. Installed washing station and 12 gravity fed drip irrigation kits for beginning farmers.

Number of Participants: 44


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