In the past few years, the want for more independence and self-sufficiency has led to an increase in urban farming. Through Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP) grant program, New Americans have the opportunity to learn how to farm within the Northeast American climate. The RISE organization conducts classes for New Americans to learn skills such as record keeping, use of farming equipment, and the provision of plots of land to farm on in a new incubator farm at Salt City Harvest Farm in Kirksville, NY.
Deaf NEw americans
We have now found the best way to integrate Deaf New Americans into the farm (there are around 50 deaf refugees in Syracuse). A Deaf Bhutanese New American, Monu Chhetri, interprets from Nepali sign language—and sign from other countries as well as informal sign—to American Sign Language (ASL). A hearing interpreter translates from ASL to spoken English. And so the conversation flows through a zig-zag of interpreters.
Now that the Deaf farmers are fully integrated into the rhythms and practices of farm work. Farm Staff interact directly with the Deaf farmers or through Monu or her husband Jay Regmi, who facilitate communication. Come on Monday afternoons to see how this works!
We have had the opportunity this year to host a farm manager, Graham Savio, with assistance from New American farm manager Solange. Fred Mahan, Matt Pottieger, and Alden Morris provide additional assistance.
Various groups come out to help alongside the New Americans.
board of directors
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