We are Jabril Abdi, Seynab Ali, Mohamed Abukar, and Batula Ismail. We came to Lewiston, Maine in the mid-2000s as refugees from Somalia and started farming in Lisbon. Our people are farmers and we have always fed our country. Now we are growing food for our new communities in Southern Maine.
As African, Somali Bantu, Black, Muslim farmers we grew up in our culture farming and we are honored to farm in Lewiston, Maine. We are respected by our community and have received support from our loyal customers since we came to the United States and started farming in 2006.
In 2016, after 10 years of farming in Lisbon, New Roots Cooperative was officially formed. At this time, we began farming a 30-acre farm on College Street in Lewiston. Since then, we have been nurturing this land and growing vegetables for our loyal CSA and farmer’s market customers as well as other organizations in the surrounding community. We are grateful for the support we have received from you, our community, and other organizations throughout Maine.
It is now time to move forward with our biggest endeavor to date-purchasing our farmland! We are counting on your support to make it happen.
Purchasing our land will enable us to continue building a sustainable farm, provide food to the community, and improve the food economy in the local area. As an agricultural cooperative, we are stronger, being able to work together with the support of many organizations including Cooperative Development Institute and Cultivating Community.
We are working hard to raise $200,000 through this campaign. This will enable us to continue growing and pursuing our goals which include:
Purchasing the 30-acre parcel that we have been farming and developing since 2016 (cost $87,000)
Purchasing equipment to open up areas of the land not currently suitable for farming to improve the scale of our operations (cost $72,000)
Completing soil amendments necessary for long-term sustainability and health of the land (cost $15,000)
Completing infrastructure improvements and upgrades necessary to efficiently utilize the land to its full capacity including increasing solar capacity, expanding irrigation systems, building storage sheds, and building farm roadways (cost $26,000)
We are grateful for your support and look forward to continuing to provide you with delicious, fresh, local, chemical-free vegetables for many years to come!
Thank you for your support!
The New Roots Cooperative Farmers,
Jabril, Seynab, Mohamed & Batula
Thank you for all you do and for all your contributions.
Donations can be made through Go Fund Me.
We also accept donations directly through Paypal or by check.
Checks can be made out to New Roots Cooperative and sent to:
PO Box 2142, Lewiston, Maine 04241.
FUNDRAISING UPDATE 1/6/2021:
Happy New Year and THANK YOU for the support you have provided to our fundraising campaign!
We have achieved more than 20% of our goal in just two months and are looking ahead with hope and excitement for what we can accomplish this year. Owning this land has been our dream for many years and we hope to make this dream a reality in 2021.
We know that with your support, our dreams can come true! Thank you for continuing to share our story far and wide and thank you for all you are doing to support our efforts. We are so grateful for your generosity!