The tour will stream live on the MAITC YouTube channel. Please click here to see the live streaming video for this tour at 10am on October 22nd.
New Roots Incubator Farm Coop, which is located near Dilworth, Minn., supports farmers with fewer than 10 years of experience, including New Americans, Native Americans, people of color, veterans, and women.
New Roots is a critical stepping stone for beginning farmers to work toward operating a farm business. By having good records and showing some income, growers will have the opportunity to apply for loans toward a business start-up. On this virtual field trip, we will meet three New Roots farmers and discover their story of farming in Minnesota.
Simeon Bakunda: Simeon originally from Congo, was Sales Manager for New Roots Farm Incubator Cooperative at the Red River Market stand this year. He has been involved with New Roots as a board member and farmer for two years and has also been very involved with Growing Together Gardens for many years. Simeon works at Scheels in Fargo and is also active as a seed saver. Simeon’s eggplant can be found in Growing Together Gardens throughout the F/M community.
Caliton Ntahompagaze: Caliton came from Burundi in 2007, has been involved with New Roots Farm Incubator as a farmer and board member for two years. This year, he also served as the Farm Manager. Caliton works for Lutheran Social Services as an interpreter and as a custodian for West Fargo Public Schools. He and his wife, Honoree have seven children and he is active as a parent volunteer with Boy Scouts.
Devi Siwakoti: Devi lives in Fargo with his extended family, including his mother and grandchildren. He has been involved with New Roots as a farmer and board member for the past two years and sells produce from his farm and backyard to the Darshan Market in Fargo, which is owned by his daughter and son-in-law. Devi is also very active as a Core Group leader and garden manager for the Growing Together garden at Lutheran Social Services of ND in Fargo.