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The New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP), is a program of Cultivating Community. NASAP's mission is to assist immigrant and refugee farmers to build successful farm businesses that are consistent with their culture, lifestyle aspirations, and individual goals. The NASAP provides class room and field based trainings for both farmers and gardeners. NASAP currently operates a training farm site at Packard-Littlefield Farm in Lisbon.

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. 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.

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 components of the program.

Photos and information on this page courtesy of the Cultivating Community website.

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