Taking Root from Center for Documentary Studies on Vimeo.

Old Roots in New Places from Catherine Chao on Vimeo.

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (TTCF) is located on 269 acres of preserved farmland owned by 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 to host 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.


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, TTCF was due to end this 3-year funding cycle. In response, we launched our first major fundraising effort through the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. We managed to raise $15, 571 from 193 individual donors, mostly from the local community. These funds were equally matched with donation from a local family foundation. TTCF is forever grateful to the supportive and enthusiastic local community. This video was made during this fundraising effort.

New documentary made by Transplanting Traditions Youth Collaborative. This team conducted all the interviews, took the photos, translated, wrote subtitles, created the storyline and edited every bit of this documentary! It was not possible without help from dedicated community volunteers and support from NC FYI: Food Youth Initiative and Resourceful Communities. Thanks to everyone for getting these important stories out into the world.


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


A good article about the cuisine of Burma.  Something we love to learn about through the project.

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