This talented Intern is helping Groundswell to better serve refugee farmers
Groundswell has been blessed to work with some amazingly talented volunteers. This month we’re super-pleased to spotlight Susannah Spero, who graduated from Hamilton College in 2013 with a self- designed degree in Socioeconomic and Political Studies. Since last September Susannah has been working with us on our New American Farmers Project, which helps refugees and other immigrants to explore opportunities and get started in agriculture.
Susannah opened up our thinking about practical pathways that refugees can take to overcome barriers and grow into farming. Rather than trying to assimilate their own farming traditions with the commercial farm business model prevalent in the United States, Susannah advocated a collective model in which multiple families work together on a small plot, sharing labor and risks, and learning together as they gradually develop their markets. This is the pathway that has worked well at other incubator programs for refugee farmers.