Empowering through Micro-enterprise
This three-tier program is designated to empower individuals and increase self-sufficiency through the act of farming.
The first level of the program connects refugees with gardens within their community; easily accessible by feet, bike, or public transportation. This entry level garden program offers participant tools, seeds, water and some technical assistance to grow culturally appropriate produce close to home.
The second tier offers refugees a large piece of land at Rio Grande Community Farm, where they have access to advanced farm infrastructure such as a high tunnel, greenhouse, and wash station. Tools, seed, regular irrigation, and access to local growers’ markets are other benefits of the program.
In the third tier, graduates of tier 2 who are interested in pursuing an agribusiness, are enrolled in Grow the Growers training program where they learn business planning strategies, market farming tactics, and learn from local mentors and farmers. Clients are connected with Land Link NM to find larger pieces of land to grow their farm business.
Tres Hermanas Farm works with the refugee population resettled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many have been forced to leave their homes in search of a brighter future. Our program provides refugees with an opportunity to heal the mind and body through engaging in the local food system.