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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
Supports Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.Gardeners

  • 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
Supports Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.Youth

  • Youth leadership training

  • Entrepreneurship & job skills

  • Staff and structure

  • Expression & culture


Supports entrepreneurs
Supports Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.Entrepreneurs

  • Unique beautiful facilities

  • Training and technical assistance

  • Business planning

  • Access to financing – small business loans, IDAs

  • Marketing and markets


Supports beginning farmers
Supports Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.Beginning 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
Supports Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.Farmers’ Markets

  • Promotion

  • Culturally appropriate products

  • Equipment – tents, EBT

  • Coupons

  • Allies – health, economic development, culture


Supports community led policy
Supports Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.Community-Led Policy

  • Culturally-based leadership development classes

  • Advocacy training

  • Allies

  • Community organizing

  • Creativity


Heritage and knowledge
HERITAGE AND KNOWLEDGE Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.

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.


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


Waste food composted, planting medium for more seeds, plants plus tomatoes, eggplants, sweet corn and more.

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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