2021 NEFMP Awardees
American Farmland Trust’s New England Farmer Microgrants Program (NEFMP) awarded its second round of grants to support New England farmers. The program seeks to address some of the key barriers faced by farmers in the region: access to land, resources to expand production on new or existing land, and succession and land transfer planning. This year's awardees include 28 farmers from across the region, with a total of $132,000 awarded.
Adisson Toussaint moved to New England from Haiti in 2004. He is using using the funds to expand his farm, allowing him to grow more varieties from his home country.
Patrick Sullivan and Melisa Oliva Guzman provide healthy food and wellness to their community. They will be using the funds to complete a high tunnel to extend their growing season.
Ashawaug Farm, operated by Dawn Spears, is home to the Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative and the Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance. They will be using the funds to purchase a tractor.
Dean and Donna Bascom run a large, diversified farm specializing in raising vegetables and Katahdin lamb. They will be using the funds to install new sheep fencing in their pastures.
Calabash Gardens is a premier saffron farm. Jette and Claudel Chery will be using the funds to expand their production and become the largest saffron producer in North America.
Clemmons Family Farm is one of the largest African-American owned historic farms in Vermont. They specialize in African diaspora horticulture. Lydia Clemmons will be using the funds to install a drip irrigation system in their hoop house.
Barnabas Forndia was born in Liberia and moved to the US after college. He specializes in vegetables from his home country. He will use the funds to purchase a walk-behind tractor.
Valeria Niyonkuru was born in Burundi to a family of banana and taro farmers. She has been farming since she was 7. She will use the funds to install an irrigation system and other equipment.
Janice and Rob Goranson have been farming since 1984. They will be using the funds to create a farm succession plan to shift ownership to their two sons.
Janine Ndagijimana was born in Rwanda and came to Vermont in 2007 with her family. She specializes in African Eggplants. She will use the funds to lease 4 more acres of farmland.
Lila LePage Farm is farming on her family's 7th generation farm. She specializes in mixed berries and vegetables. She will be using the funds to buy a caterpillar tunnel to extend their growing season.
Paolamantina Grullon Livingstone was born in the Dominican Republic on an organic macadamia nut farm. She specializes in laying hens and mixed veggies. She will be using the funds to install a new well.
Shabagwe Munyambaraga grows and sells vegetables to the refugee community of Vermont. They will be using the funds to build and install a heating and ventilation system in their high tunnel.
Margaret Gichuki grew up farming in rural Kenya. She is currently providing vegetables to fellow African immigrants in her community. She will use the funds to purchase a high tunnel.
Teodulio Martinez del Rosario grew up farming in the Dominican Republic. He and his wife Margarita specializes in fresh beans, cilantro, and local honey. He will be using the funds to purchase a tractor.
Muddy Roots Farm is owned and operated by husband and wife, Kirsten Marra and Chris Wellington, specializing in vegetables, pigs, and poultry. They will be using their funds to buy a tractor.
New Roots is the first immigrant-owned cooperative farm in Maine. It is operated by four farmers originally from Somalia, Mohamed Abukar, Batula Ismail, Seynab Ali, and Jabril Abdi. They will use the funds to purchase additional farm equipment.
Normanton Farms specializes in pastured chicken, pork, and 100% grass-fed beef. Steve Normanton was born in South Africa where he farmed for many years. He will be using the funds to purchase a stump grinder.
Park City Harvest is operated by two West-Indian American horticulturists, Shawn Joseph and Richard Myers. They will be using the funds to build a high tunnel on their urban farm.
David Robinson owns a large farm where he raises livestock and grows field crops. He will be using the funds to purchase fencing materials to expand his pastures and grow his herd
Sawmill Herb Farm specializes in medicinal and culinary herbs and Icelandic sheep for meat, fiber, and breeding. They will be using the funds to develop a land access and transfer strategy.
Jason and Kerri Scruton operate this long time family dairy farm currently milking 195 Holstein cows. They will be using the funds to purchase a flail mower to increase field acreage.
Short Creek Farm is operated by Dave Viola and Jeff Backer. They focuses on value-add products such as sausage, bacon, and salami. They will be using the funds for a heavy-duty disc harrow.
Sweet Pea's Farm is a diversified vegetable and cut flower farm. Samuel Roberson will be using the funds to improve infrastructure, allowing him to continue to inspire other BIPOC farmers to follow their dreams.
Southside Community Land Trust will be using these funds to purchase The Good Earth farm, a 21 acre parcel of land currently operating as a RI's only organic garden center.
Thousand Leaves is a small diversified farm focusing on culinary and medicinal herbs and specialty vegetable crops. Adriana Giacalone and Kate McGoldrick will be using the funds to secure land tenure on their incubator plot.
Kelsey Herrington and Dominic Pascarelli specialize in roots, salad greens, tomatoes, cilantro, and rhubarb. They will be using the funds to secure a subsoiler to bring new land into production.