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Fostering economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment. (Our Roots). Supports Gardeners. Secures land, tests and improves soil Trains and supports leadership development (stipends for elected leaders)

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Our roots

Fostering economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.

(Our Roots)


Supports gardeners

SupportsGardeners

  • Secures land, tests and improves soil

  • Trains and supports leadership development (stipends for elected leaders)

  • Training on organic gardening techniques

  • Engages members in further projects


Supports youth

SupportsYouth

  • Youth leadership training

  • Entrepreneurship & job skills

  • Staff and structure

  • Expression & culture


Supports entrepreneurs

SupportsEntrepreneurs

  • Unique beautiful facilities

  • Training and technical assistance

  • Business planning

  • Access to financing – small business loans, IDAs

  • Marketing and markets


Supports beginning farmers

SupportsBeginning Farmers

  • Training and technical assistance in business & production

  • Access to Financing – micro-loans and IDAs

  • Access to markets, on farm and off

  • Land and shared-equipment

  • Incubation to buy and rent land elsewhere

  • Specialty seeds from countries of origin

  • Research on growing techniques with university


Supports farmers markets

SupportsFarmers’ Markets

  • Promotion

  • Culturally appropriate products

  • Equipment – tents, EBT

  • Coupons

  • Allies – health, economic development, culture


Supports community led policy

SupportsCommunity-Led Policy

  • Culturally-based leadership development classes

  • Advocacy training

  • Allies

  • Community organizing

  • Creativity


Heritage and knowledge

HERITAGE AND KNOWLEDGE

Many of the residents of downtown Holyoke have come from rural Puerto Rico. Many grew up on farms and many first came to the Northeast as migrant farm workers.

The members of Nuestras Raíces have lifetimes of experience in farming. They are proud to use their knowledge to improve their neighborhoods and pass on their heritage to a younger generation.


Our roots

Farmers raise specialty crops like ají dulce and calabaza, plus tomatoes, eggplants, sweet corn and more.


Our roots

Waste food composted, planting medium for more seeds, plants

Ají dulce seeds planted in greenhouse, 2 pt jobs

Restaurant sells to public = 1 bus. opp. 2 FT, 3 pt jobs

Ají dulce plants sold at market, to farmers = 2 youth jobs

Sofrito maker sells to public, to restaurant = 1 family business, 2 jobs

8-12 Farmers grow ajíes, sell at market and to sofrito maker.

Ají Dulce Pepper Plant

www.nuestras-raices.org


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