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America: The Chin grew-up in an agricultural society; however, only manual farming practices exist in Chin State. Therefore, although the Chins have vast farming experience, we lack the knowledge and ability to utilize the equipment/machinery that is the norm in America. In addition, because many Chin live in apartment complexes and neighborhoods, they do not have access to land in which to farm/garden. We stress the importance of farming, as it allows the Chin to save on grocery expenses, grow foods not available in local markets, and improve mental and physical wellbeing.  The CF seeks partners willing to:  (a) donate/rent/sell land and equipment, (b) educate/train Chin in farming practices, machinery and technology in the US, and (c) offer employment/business opportunities to qualified Chin. In return Chin would be in the position to become next American farmers while most American turn away from farming even though America still need local farmers.

We have been gardening for more than five years in Indy area. Some like minded churches and farmers lease their vacant lots and we have about 120 – 150 families spend the whole summer extra time in the gardens. It helps our community a lot in many perspectives. In a report of the training to the public in 2011 we mentioned that this was the program that most people had signed up compared to any program we have had. About 120 head of household were in line for registration to the class in order to get a plot of garden. We did the training with Johnson Country Purdue Extension. In the report we included that Chin families who did not have garden got the most benefits because they neither spend any dime nor any time but they got lots of free vegetable from relatives and neighbors. In addition they got half price of vegetable in the harvest time since we have many gardeners in the community now.

As of today our gardeners and farmers work at:

  • Ranger’s Farm
  • Indy Family Farms
  • Balanced Harvest Farm

Chin State:  Manual farming practices in Chin State demand that 3 people must work every day in order to sustain a 10-member family, while the poverty and oppression of the situation demand produce their own food to survive.  As the Chin in America increase their expertise in advanced farming practices, the CF hopes to help advance and improve farming practices for those still in Burma. 

One of the most important steps to help the Chin from starving for years is to advance their agricultural and animal husbandry practices since they are the basic survivals. Therefore, we welcome your advice, guide and support in order to save the starving people. 

Burma ram cu cinthlaknak ram asi, tiah thantar tiangin facang vui cu a chan chan in an rak tar. Mi vialte dumhau tuah le lo tuah cio dingin forhfial a rak si. Cu caah Chinmi hna zong kan pupa hna chan i lo kan thlawh pinah cozah forhfialnak in lo thlawh in a tthangmi kan si. Mi tan deuh cu tuchun ni tiang lo thlawh in kan icawm rih. Chanthar teknolozi kan hman khawh ve rih lo caah kan lo thlawh ning cu thazang ttan in thlawhmi asi peng rih.

America kan hong pak tik zongah dumhau tuah ding rumro kan ngia. Khrihfabu cheu khat nih an vulei hlei vuangmi Ekah (acres) pali nga hrawng ah tuahnak nawl an kan pek i cu ahcun chungkhar 150 reng lo nih kan tuah. Kan dum tuah ning cu hmuipi le thazang kha asi peng ko. American pawl minung pakhat nih ekah a sawm sawm in an tuah khawh bantuk in zei tin dah seh thilri hmangin kan tuah khawh ve lai i Lai lei zong cuti cun kan tuahpi khawh ve hna lai tihi ceih le ngiar timh lengmang mi cu asi.

Dum kan tuahmi hi suallam tampi a ngei;

> Zapi dawr ah a um lomi Lairawl bak kan cin i a thar hlam te in kan ei khawh.

> Dum chuakmi kan ei ruangah phaisa kan khawn khawh deuh. Caan cheu rian bantuk asi.

> Hawi kom sernak le lung nuamhnak asi. Mi cheu khat cu inn dum an ngei ko nain hawi kom he ttuantti an duh caah hawi sinah an rak tuah chap

> Ngandamnak ca i cawlcanghnak le lung retheih mi tthumhnak (exercise and stress relief) asi. Ralzam pawl hi lung retheihnak a tuar khunmi kan si. Dum tuah nih kan pum he lungthin he ngandamnak a bawmh

> Pawngkam thli le khuati a tthatter

> Minthang mi Purdue Sianghleirun nih an kan cawnpiak caah cinthlak cawnnak ah kan hman fawn. American lothlo puitling si ve khawhnak ca timhlamhnak asi pinah cozah nih thazang an pek ngaimi kan pawngkam ah cinthlaknak karhternak le Lai lei lo thawh ning sersiam deuhnak dingah timhlamhnak zong asi.




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