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Transplanting Traditions

A video about TTCF's history and vision. 


Taking Root

At Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, a Karen farmer from Burma named Tri Sa tends twenty-seven rows of crops and finds community with fellow Karen.

Directed by Morgan Capps and Heather Stewart Harvey for the 2013 Documentary Video Institute.

Taking Root from Center for Documentary Studies on Vimeo.




Old Roots in New Places

Nay Blu is a refugee farmer who grew both American and Southeast Asian crops with Transplanting Traditions. He is one of 800 refugees from Burma living in Orange County, North Carolina, who have escaped ethnic genocide in their homeland and left overcrowded refugee camps in Thailand.


The Land

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (TTCF) is located on 269 acres of preserved farmland owned by the Triangle  Land Conservancy (TLC). With a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC in 2010, TLC was able to set up the initial infrastructure of the land  in partnership with TTCF with the goal of hosting an educational farm project on the property forever. This unique partnership between TLC and TTCF is the only one of its kind in the Southeast.



The Story Of Three Farmers

A documentary made by Transplanting Traditions Youth Collaborative.

This team conducted all the interviews, took the photos, translated, wrote subtitles, created the story line and edited every bit of this documentary! Thanks to volunteers and support from NC FYI (Food Youth Initiative) and Resourceful Communities who helped make it happen. 

Connecting cultures through farming and food

Transplanting Traditions began in 2010 with complete funding support from a 3-year federal grant through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In May of 2013, the 3-year grant was nearing the end of its funding cycle. In response, TTCF launched its first major fundraising effort through the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. We managed to raise $15,571 from 193 individual donors from the local community and beyond. These funds were equally matched with a donation from a local family foundation. 





August, 2022 - NextShark - Voting begins: 2022 Gold Futures Challenge to give $500,000 to top groups empowering AAPI communities

March, 2022 - Eating Well Magazine

February, 2022 - INDY - A New Season At Transplanting Traditions Community Farm

August, 2021 - New York Times - What to Do This Summer: Chapel Hill, N.C.

July, 2019 - News & Observer - Far from home, refugees from Burma put down new roots at a community far

May, 2019 - Our State - The Transplants

January, 2018 - yes!magazine- Farming Brings Refugee Closer to Home Thorough Food and Community 

August, 2017 - Civil Eats- Young Food Justice Leaders Speak Out 

April, 2017  -Bon Appetit- A Farm for Refugees to Plant the Seeds of Home

October, 2016  -Southern Foodways Alliance-Gravy Audio Podcast- Transplanted Traditions:From A Southeast Asia to North Carolina

October, 2016 - Indy Weekly- Food Youth Initiative Hosts Closing Reception at the Carrack on Friday

September 2016 - Indy Weekly- Young Activists Fill the Carrack with Intimate Portraits of Food Justice in Reframing Food 

July 2016 - University Gazette- A Sheltering Place for Refugees

June 2016 - WUNC-Transplanting Traditions: Farming and Art

May 2016 Indy Weekly- Thanks to Immigrant Populations, Curious Chefs, and Risky Farmers, the Borders of Local Ingredients Are Open

April, 2016 - Laying Roots in Foreign Soil: Refugees Thrive in Urban Agriculture Roles

Jan 2016 - Civil Eats- Refugee Farmers Put Down Roots in North Carolina

Jan 2016 - Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds Video Feature

May 2015 - Chapel Hill Magazine- Inspirational Women

May 2015 - Piedmont Farm Tour offers a glimpse at a simpler life-Durham Herald Sun

October, 2013 - Burmese Crops Sprout in Orange County – WUNC radio: Morning Edition- Emma Miller

October, 2013 - Orange County population from Burma here to stay- The Daily Tar Heel

August, 2013 - New Farmers in North Carolina- North Carolina Folklife Institute

June, 2013 - Chapel Hill refugee farmers to hold farmers market – Durham Herald Sun

June, 2013 - Refugees Tend Their Own Farm in Orange County – WUNC radio: State of Things with Frank Stasio

May, 2013 - Sustainable South- Southern Foodways Alliance

May, 2013 - Farm Tour Favorite – Weaver St. Market Newsletter

May, 2013 - Farm for local refugees hosts first market- Daily Tar Heel

May, 2013 - Farmers growing new lives from old ways- Chapel Hill News

May, 2013 - Panel discusses refugee students in CHHS- The Daily Tar Heel

March, 2013 - The Farm Bill Extension and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers- Carolina Farm Stewardship

Dec, 2012 - Raising Burma – a documentary essay that seeks to demonstrate this complex relationship that Karen peoples have with the land.

Nov 15, 2012 - Learning by the Mouthful- Duke Kenan Institute for Ethics

Nov 13, 2012 - Vimala Hosts a Fundraiser for Transplanting Traditions Farm- Daily Tar Heel

Nov. 8 2012 - Event Benefits Refugees from Burma-Daily Tar Heel

May 16, 2012 - Growing Home: Karen refugees rebuild their lives in the Triangle-cover story-Independent Weekly

April 25, 2012 - Karen refugees grow a taste of home-News and Observer

APRIL 25, 2012 - Piedmont Farm Tour- Independent Weekly

Articles About Burma

Cuisine of Burma

Coups, Military Rule and Ethnic Conflict

Burma's Ethnic Groups

Myanmar vs. Burma


Books to read

From the Land of the Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe

Little Daughter: A Memoir of Survival in Burma and the West by Zoya Phan

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