Health starts in the soil.

One of the barriers between many refugee and immigrant farmers and U.S. farming resources is the gap between a culture of tradition and a culture of science. Both teach us how to care for our land and bodies, but in different terms and through different means. In many ways in Western cultures science has replaced tradition. We rely on data and studies to tell us what we used to learn from generational experience.

Why is this important? Neither way is the “right” way, just like there is no “right” language. We have much to learn from both, and only lose out by limiting ourselves to one way of learning.

All Farmers asks workshop teachers to step outside of their comfort zone and consider a traditions approach. What skills and routines do farmers need to succeed? How can they be taught and integrated into the farmers’ work?

Thank you to Caro Roszell, farm owner and NOFA/Mass staff member for stepping up to the challenge. NFCFC visited New Wendell Farm on Sunday for a workshop on no-till farming to help farmers adapt to their new climate and improve their soil. As their soils improve, the farmers will see less pests and higher yields.

We anticipate a workday to convert their farms to a no-till system this coming spring. Please sign up for our volunteering network if you’re interested in helping the farmers make the shift!