You Did It! We Did It!
January 17, 2017
BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT SUCCESS
EVENT DATE: Jan 15, 2017
Please help us buy the land that we have been farming on, and help us make our farm permanent! ORIS is pleased to announce that it has embarked on a conservation farm project that will have longstanding positive effects for local foods, the farming community, the refugee population as well as the environment. ORIS, together with The Russell Foundation, is pursuing the purchase of 56.8 acres located in Dunbarton NH to create a permanent farmstead that offers refugee farmers a place to grow food as well as live!
BACKGROUND: The Organization for Refugee & Immigrant Success (ORIS) began their new american agricultural project in 2012 located in Dunbarton, NH. Resettled refugee farmers have been working the land for five years, developing their plots, growing food, and selling it to the local community. The farm parcel is in a mature state of operation with infrastructure, buildings and soil developments. 14 refugee farmers currently grow on the Dunbarton land. These farmer entrepreneurs represent the Somali Bantu, Bhutanese, Burundi, and Congolese communities, as well as other ethnic groups.
OPPORTUNITY We have been given an amazing opportunity to purchase the farm and make it a farm forever! In addition, we plan to provide housing on this 56.8 acre parcel, creating a permanent farm in the region as well as a permanent place for refugee farmers to continue their successful careers as farmers. The landowners, two sisters, have always supported the refugee community and they have a desire to see them on the parcel. One of the sisters recalled when her husband (now deceased) first read about the resettlement in Manchester, he said, “we should let them farm on our land.” This land lease relationship with the sisters has now turned into a rare opportunity as they have generously agreed to sell the land for a bargain price of $90,000, even though it is worth twice that much (appraised at $187,000 in 2015).
OUTCOMES As part of the refugees’ ultimate path to self sufficiency, they can pursue their careers in family farming, while increasing local foods production in Southern NH. The long term investment value in this project holds great value as the project will conserve the land in perpetuity (forever!), maintain its’ agricultural use, and will also be managed by a nonprofit land management entity to ensure sound agricultural practices and best land management practices.
END DATE This campaign ends on January 15th, 2017. We need to raise the $20,000 and we need to bring forward support from more the 100 donors to really demonstrate broad based community support to foundations we are pursuing for rest of funds to get to $90,000 needed. Several of these foundations have early spring application periods, so we need to raise the $20,000 from a broad base of donors now to ensure we have competitive applications submitted over the coming months.