Somali Bantu woman in the field

Growing Trust

The Somali Bantu Story

“Maine has drastically cut back its food stamp support for recent immigrants and refugees who have resettled in the state. In Lewiston, a small group of Somali Bantu immigrants are struggling to find leasable farm land in order to provide fresh vegetables for their families. Growing Trust is a short documentary that explores the new relationship between Somali Bantu farmers and retired local pumpkin farmers who have agreed to rent out their land. The film details the struggle and the possibility of this newfound relationship between people who have lived and farmed in Maine their whole lives with recent immigrants with their own knowledge of farming from Somalia.” – Erin Eileen Murphy

This video was produced by Maple Razsa and Catherine Besteman and directed and filmed by Erin Eileen Murphy.