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    Seynab Ali plants Brussels sprouts at Packard-Littlefield, Cultivating Communities’ incubator farm, where she has been a farmer in training for nearly a decade.

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    Batula Ismail checks on seedlings inside a greenhouse at the farm.

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    Jabril Abdi checks on plants growing in a Packard-Littlefield greenhouse. The farmers are growing crops for the American market.

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    From left, Seynab Ali, Batula Ismail, Abdi and Mohammed Abukar. At New Roots Cooperative Farm they’ll be owner-operators rather than guests on someone else’s land. Somali-born, they are all graduates of Cultivating Community’s farmer training program.

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    Seynab Ali, one go the farmers of New Roots, works in a greenhouse at Packard-Littlefield Farm.

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    Seynab Ali came to the U.S. from Somalia and has been working the land in Maine since 2006.

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    Batula Ismail, right, and Seynab Ali, two of the four farmers of New Roots, in one of the greenhouses at Packard-Littlefield, which Cultivating Communities uses as an incubator farm.

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    Brussels sprouts are ready to go into the ground at Packard-Littlefield.

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    Seynab Ali plants brussels sprouts at Packard-Littlefield.

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