At the end of July Josie Weldon, the current Program Specialist of New Farms for New Americans will be leaving AALV. Josie has been instrumental in the birth and growth of NFNA over the past five years and without her guidance and vision, the program would not where it is today. Josie has affected the lives of many in the refugee community and her unwavering commitment will be missed on the farm. From everyone at NFNA, we wish Josie the best in her next tenure.
Alisha Laramee will replace Josie the first of August. Alisha most recently taught classes on immigration and migration at CCV and writing at UVM. She formerly worked for the Vermont Migrant Education Program, serving migrant farm workers on Vermont’s dairy farms. She has been a co-collaborator on research related to food and migration, as well as food justice in Vermont. She has lived and worked in Africa, Central and South American and Europe and hopes to bring her knowledge of refugee studies and migration to develop NFNA in the years to come.