Refugee Resources

This section comprises resources targeting beginning refugee farmers and those who provide them training and technical assistance.

New Entry started the first beginning farmer refugee incubator in 1998.  Since then more than 60 incubators for refugees have spread across the country.  Most participating refugees bring with them varied experience with food production and a passion for farming, but in most cases their native language(s) are not English, and many have limited or interrupted formal education and may be unfamiliar with some classroom skills we take for granted.

In tandem, refugee farming service providers have few materials for training and technical assistance (T&TA) available for their programs, because almost all resources, even those designed for (other) beginning farmers, employ the written word and English language. Relatively few materials as such have been designed for refugee audiences. 

ISED Solutions and many local incubators working with refugees have been compiling and developing appropriate resources, designed to be accessed and adapted by any interested providers and/or farmers who find them relevant.  A majority of the resources included here are directed towards service providers who deliver T&TA to refugee audiences, although some farmers themselves may find them accessible. Some of these were developed by individual projects over the years, and many of those are being enhanced with additional guidance for other projects that may want to use them.  In addition, ISED and partners have been developing new ‘modules’ for similar use by refugee-serving providers for T&TA.  These various resources are sorted into categories, and are also searchable use the identifiers provided on this page.

Business Planning

---Finding Farmland

In this Guide to Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland in Massachusetts, written in Plain Language, you will learn about:

•Determining the right kind of farmland for you
•Deciding what type of land tenure situation is right for you
•Starting the networking process
•Conducting farmland site visits
•Understanding your land by using the Web Soil Survey and other online information tools
•Negotiating with landowners and signing an agreement to use the land
•Beginning to farm your land!

Introduction to the Incubator


Powerpoint presentation for farmers about logistics of New Farms for New Americans program.  Covers activities over the winter, marketing and sales, and logistics.  Can be adapted to other incubator projects.  All Regions.  English level: Beginning.  Farming Level: Beginning.  Literacy Level: low/semi.  Key Words: program updates, marketing, commitment, sales, logistics.

Crop Planning

National Incubator Farm Training Initiative

PDF Booklet introducing farmers to common African crops.  Includes pictures, history, common uses, and sample recipes for each crop.  All regions. English Level: Advanced. Farming Level: Beginner. Literacy Level: High.  Keywords: african vegetables, recipes, cultural sensitivity, Amaranth, cabbage, cassava, collard greens, african eggplant, groundnut, huckleberry, kale, kittely, mustard greens, okra, palava sauce, jute greens, pursland, spinach, peppers, sweet potato greens, tomato, yam, yard long bean