Our mission is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. We produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provide youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, we strive to inspire and support others to create change in their own communities.
Each year, we work with over 120 teens and thousands of volunteers to farm on 31 acres in Lincoln, seven acres in Beverly, two and a half acres in Boston, and one acre in Lynn, Mass. We grow over a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical fertilizers or pesticides and donate thousands of pounds of produce to local hunger relief organizations. We sell the remainder of our produce through community supported agriculture (CSA) farm shares and farmers’ markets. Locally, we promote access to fresh, affordable produce by building raised-bed gardens for residents and organizations, offering garden-based educational programming, and providing opportunities for people to use SNAP/EBT benefits to purchase fresh food.
The Food Project also works as a resource center for organizations and individuals worldwide. We provide unique capacity building for organizations and educators who learn from The Food Project’s expertise through materials, youth training, and professional development opportunities. Even projects completely unrelated to farming can draw on our methods for building inspired, diverse, and productive youth communities.
The Food Project has been the subject of a number of research papers, some of which we have been able to make available online. We have also made and been the subject of a number of videos available for your viewing. A short history of The Food Project explains how we got where we are today.