Six-foot stalks of corn crowd a small rise at Intervale Farm, a 19th-century spread of rolling fields that lead to the Royal River. It’s a picture of vintage Maine, but there’s something new: farmers clad in swirling, vibrant, dazzling colors rather than grass-stained denim and John Deere caps. The men and women working the soil are refugees from Somalia, ethnic Bantus who fled a brutal civil war and found their way to an unlikely home in Lewiston, a former mill city 35 miles north of Portland. (Read the story)
Kaltumo Adow and her daughter, Asha Abukar, 9, rested after working on their plots at Intervale Farm in New Gloucester, Maine. Kaltumo is involved in the Farming for Food & Health Program through the Somali Bantu Community Association of Lewiston.
(Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)