Yohane Nt irundegna, originally from Burundi, is both the oldest and the fittest New Farms for New Americans (NFNA) participant. He’s on occasion been been seen running—not walking—around his farm with his wheelbarrows of sod and compost.
Currently, Yohane and his wife Yosofina independently manage and cultivate a ¼ acre farm at the Intervale. They grow dry corn, tomatoes, machicha (an African green) and dry beans for their extended family.
Yohane and his wife also sell their dry beans to Bluebird Tavern. This cash crop gives them enough money to invest-in and maintain their ¼ acre farm every year.
Yohane’s only source of disposable income is social security. The huge quantity of food he brings home from his farm, supported by the sales of beans to Bluebird Tavern, significantly raises his family’s standard of living and health. Please consider supporting Yohane by patronizing Bluebird Tavern and New Farms for New Americans. If you would like to learn more about how to support Yohane and other New American urban farmers please contact New Farms for New Americans Program Specialist: Alisha Laramee (802) 343-7007; firstname.lastname@example.org