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SNAP & Bounty Bucks Use in Boston Up in 2010

Preliminary results from a Food Project study show that our efforts to increase access to healthy food for underserved communities are making a big impact. In 2010, over $38,000 in SNAP sales were completed in farmers’ markets, with an additional $33,000 in redemption of Boston Bounty Bucks. Combining SNAP sales and Boston Bounty Bucks redemption, we’re projecting a final total of about $75,000 – representing a 271 percent increase from 2009 numbers! And more great news: the number of participating markets went up by 50 percent, from 14 to 21.

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Delaware First Lady Visits The Food Project

(left to right, from center) Mrs. Markell, Secretary Kee, and Ms. Willauer ask questions while stopping for a warm and inspiring visit to TFP's new greenhouse.
(left to right, from center) Mrs. Markell, Secretary Kee, and Ms. Willauer ask questions while stopping for a warm and inspiring visit to TFP's new greenhouse.
Braving the blustery cold of an early winter’s day, Carla Markell, the first lady of Delaware, led a delegation of government, banking, and community leaders on a visit of The Food Project’s Boston growing sites. A diverse complement of TFP staff and youth alumni greeted our guests on the morning of December 8, giving them a good look at what makes us so effective. By all accounts, we made quite an impression.

“The young leaders at The Food Project provide inspiration to all of us,” said Mrs. Markell. “We are grateful for the time the staff and youth leaders gave us and deeply value the ability to share ideas and learn from the great example The Food Project sets.”

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Intern Alvin Andino Awarded Posse Scholarship

Alvin and D.I.R.T. Crew member Peter work to collect surveys at TFP's farmers' market in Roxbury.
Alvin and D.I.R.T. Crew member Peter work to collect surveys at TFP's farmers' market in Roxbury.
We are pleased to announce that Food Project Intern Alvin Andino has been awarded a Posse Scholarship. Run by the Posse Foundation, this innovative and highly selective program selects 60 young people from a large pool of applicants (in 2009, the pool numbered about 12,000) to receive full-tuition college scholarships.

Alvin and alumnus Stefan listen closely to Chef Didi Emmons while preparing to serve lunch at the National Governors Association summer conference.
Alvin and alumnus Stefan listen closely to Chef Didi Emmons while preparing to serve lunch at the National Governors Association summer conference.
In his two and a half years working with The Food Project, Alvin has risen up the ranks, beginning as a crew worker, working as an assistant leader, and now serving as an intern. Currently, he also serves on TFP's board of trustees as a youth member.

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How to Keep Gardens Safe

Recently, new findings from research led by Dan Brabander of Wellesley College, conducted in partnership with The Food Project, have been reported by various media. They show that lead particles in urban soil can move over time, perhaps by wind or rain, and settle on the top layer of clean compost inside of raised beds. Because these findings are likely to cause concern, we want to make sure that people, especially urban gardeners, understand fully what they mean. The good news is that gardeners can take simple yet effective steps to keep their gardens safe.

Importantly, gardening in raised beds is still highly encouraged in places where contaminated soil is prevalent. It’s also important to know that the movement of particles happens over time – generally, at least a season must pass before changes in soil quality can be observed. So proper maintenance of raised beds should minimize or eliminate concerns.

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