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The Last Day of SYP in Lincoln
The Last Day of SYP in Lincoln
As alumni, you continue to be an important part of The Food Project. We hope to keep you connected to our work, each other, and the vital issues of our time. There are many ways to stay involved with The Food Project, including our blog, reunions and special events, and the Alumni Consultant Program.  

You can also stay in touch with The Food project and help us improve our programs by emailing [email protected] or calling 781-259-8621 x22. Be sure to check out pictures from your time at The Food Project and learn about each other in our alumni profiles.


How to Stay Involved

●      Read our blog to follow The Food Project’s events, people, and achievements. Submit your own blog entries about your experiences at The Food Project, what you are doing now, and how to get connected to the real food movement to [email protected]

●      Keep yourself updated on The Food Project’s current events by following us on Twitter and Instagram and liking us on Facebook.

●      Check this web page for information about reunions and special events where you can connect with other alumni, The Food Project staff, and community partners. You can also contact or 781-259-8621 x22 for more information.

●      Keep us updated with where you are and what you have been doing. Please send us your current phone number and email address and connect with us on LinkedIn. In addition, we are always looking for alumni profiles to feature on our website and printed materials. Please email to share your story!

●      Apply for the Alumni Consultant Program. See the description below of how alumni consultants help to further the mission and vision of The Food Project.

●      Volunteer your time to help The Food Project! Spend a Saturday in the spring or fall working on the land with the Dirt Crew. Email or call 781-259-8621 x26 for more information.

●      Bring your friends or co-workers out to the farm. Sign up your school, office, church, or other organization to participate in a weekday or weekend Serve & Grow session at one of our farms. Email or call 781-259-8621 x26 for more information.

●      Help us recruit the next generation of The Food Project youth! Talk to young people about your experience in our Seed,Dirt, or Root Crews. Direct teenagers to look at our Youth programs page for more information.


Alumni Consultant Program

In our Alumni Consultant Program, young adults who have participated in our Summer Youth Program, Academic Year Program, and/or Internship Program return to The Food Project as consultants to help fill our organizational needs and work to expand our network of real food advocates. Alumni consultants sell produce at farmers’ markets, help with fieldwork, speak at fundraising events, and more. This program allows alumni to continue to engage with the organization and further their involvement in the real food movement beyond their time in our Youth Programs. In return, The Food Project receives valuable help from the people who know us best! 

For more information about the Alumni Consultant Program, please email or call 781-259-8621 x22.


Summer Youth Program Yearbooks


The Food Project’s photo yearbooks show images of our youth hard at work ranging back to our first year on the farm! Click on the links below to see images from past Summer Youth Programs. 

 Lincoln / Boston

 North Shore

2005     1998
2004     1997
2003     1996
2002     1995
2001     1994
2000     1993
1999     1992




Alumni Profiles

In honor of twenty years of youth develpment and sustainable agriculture, we have been reconnecting with many of our youth programs alumni from the past two decades. Check out these stories about their time at The Food Project and what they have been up to since!

Alex Lebow SYP 2001, Special Assistant, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu - "I would cite The Food Project for providing me with the resources and mindset to be successful."

Mark Liu SYP 1998, Deputy Director, Chinese Progressive Association - "The Food Project was an important space for me because it brings ... disparate worlds together."

Yaqana Madyun SYP 1993, International Program Development Manager, Road Scholar - "We learned that there are many different ways that we as people can contribute to society and that we all count."

Sarah Michelson SYP 2003, AmeriCorps Serivce Member, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center - "[At The Food Project,] we had really frank conversations about things like race and class with a really diverse group of people... I had never had that before."

Jahera Otieno SYP 1994, Program Management Officer, World Vision - "The staff of TFP are really good at seeing potential in young people. They will hold out their hand for you ... and it's on that young person to take their hand."

Leah Penniman SYP 1996, Co-Owner and Founder, Soul Fire Farm - "The Food Project gave me a commitment to growing both food and people."

Adam Seidel SYP 1996, Managing Director, Common Cents - "What kept me coming back was the opportunities for leadership and growth ... and the quality of the support and the people giving it."

Shirin Sioshansi SYP 1995, Physician, UMass Memorial Medical Center - "When I was younger, I would have never considered myself a leader."

We would love to feature more alumni profiles on our website! Please let us know what you have been doing since your involvement with The Food Project. You can contact the Alumni Coordinator at or 781-259-8621 x22.


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