HAPI Fresh Program

The Healthy Asian Pacific Islander Fresh Program (HAPI Fresh) Farm is a four-acre, USDA organic certified farm committed to producing high quality vegetables at an affordable price. HAPI Fresh Farm provides job and training opportunities for refugees whose age and limited English proficiency pose employment barriers.
Located on the Schmidt Family Farm in Medina, Ohio, the HAPI Fresh Farm was established in 2009. We work with limited English proficient individuals from Africa, Bhutan, and Burma to enhance and supplement their farming skills for the purpose of self-sufficiency.

The program provides agricultural job training through farming and management education while providing healthy, locally-grown ethnic produce to Northeast Ohioans. HAPI Fresh refugee farmers bring unique expertise, a strong work ethic, and resilient spirit to our community. The farmers practice cover crops, soil fertilization, crop rotation, and more. Annually, our farmers participate at farmers’ markets, including five Cleveland area markets.

The program is funded by Cuyahoga County’s Refugee Employment and Training Services, United Way of Great Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation and USDA. Ultimately, HAPI Fresh helps participants by reducing or even eliminating employment barriers and improving literacy and employment-related skills.

We have a variety of over 40 Western and Asian vegetables available at our Farmer’s Market. Our HAPI Fresh Farmer’s Market concluded at the end of September, stay tuned for dates of next season’s Farmer’s Market! See below for 2017 locations:

ASIA Akron office – 730 Carroll Street, Akron, OH 44307 (map)
August 1, 2017 through October 10, 2017
Every Wednesday from 3pm-6pm
Every Saturday from 9am-1pm
For more information, contact Malissa Xiong at mxiong@asiaohio.org or 330-535-3262 Ext. 5313

Lakewood City Center – Center Way North, Lakewood, OH 44107 (map)
Every Saturday from 10am-1pm
For more information, contact Yamin Lwin at ylwin@asiaohio.org or 216-881-0330 Ext. 8822

In 2012, HAPI Fresh program was featured on WKSU’s Quick Bites with Vivian Goodman. Airing weekly on Fridays, Quick Bites is a special WKSU series on the hot new food scene simmering among local growers, chefs, producers, educators and epicures in Northeast Ohio.


Video by Media Design Imaging

This video showcases a local Karen garden which is part of the RAP-NEO Community Garden (Refugee/Immigrant Agricultural Project of Northeast Ohio). Our community member, Oscar Baaye gives us a tour of their garden in Akron, Ohio, along with a brief history of the KaRen community and how they came to Northeast Ohio.  This video is an excerpt from the Akron Community Garden Tour 2013 Video shot, edited and produced by Tom Lukes and Bob Felmly of Summit Broadcast, which can be seen here.

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