Transplanting Traditions

Business & Economy
5:58 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Burmese Crops Sprout In Orange County

Maw Roeh packing boxes of produce for his customers at the Transplanting Traditions farm in Orange County.
Credit Emma Miller

Some refugees in Chapel Hill are finding a way to reconnect with their native farming tradition.

The Karen are a displaced ethnic minority from the Southeast Asian nation of Burma (also known as Myanmar). More than a thousand have ended up in Orange County through resettlement programs, which place them in areas like Chapel Hill with free transportation, good schools and available work as housekeepers.

With the help of a community farming project, Karen people in Chapel Hill are once again growing Burmese crops and making money along the way.

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