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Senior staffer named interim executive director

The Food Project’s Board of Trustees has named longtime Managing Director Susan MacDougall as interim executive director. Her appointment took effect on October 20, 2011. As interim ED, Susan will lead the organization while TFP conducts its search for a new, permanent executive to succeed former Executive Director Margaret Williams, who left in September.

“We believe that having Susan in the position will help ensure continuity and stability for TFP during this important period of transition, and we are grateful to her for accepting the responsibility,” said Gene Benson, TFP’s board chair.

The announcement may sound familiar to longtime friends of TFP – Susan was asked to serve in the same capacity in 2007, the last time The Food Project underwent a leadership transition. In addition to her work for TFP, Susan brings a wealth of nonprofit management experience to her new role. Prior to joining TFP, Susan served as the managing director of SquashBusters, another Boston area youth development organization.

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Community comes together in Dudley Greenhouse

In early October, we started working with nine groups that had submitted proposals when The Food Project solicited suggestions for how the community bay of our Dudley Greenhouse should be used. The greenhouse has been abuzz with activity lately and we're so proud to have partners in this new space.

The Food Project has worked with many of these groups in the past. The Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA), the Nubian United Benevolent International Association (NUBIA) and the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) worked with us through the Gardening through Refugee Organizations (GRO) group, which provides refugee and immigrant populations with urban gardening opportunities in Boston.

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Governor proclaims Food Day at TFP farm

Governor Patrick digs in with a broadfork to loosen up carrots at Baker Bridge farm. --Photo by Christopher Fowler
Governor Patrick digs in with a broadfork to loosen up carrots at Baker Bridge farm. --Photo by Christopher Fowler
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited The Food Project this morning to celebrate Food Day and join us in harvesting food for local hunger relief efforts. TFP Director of Agriculture Tim Laird led the governor, Food Project youth, and a team from the Boston Area Gleaners working in the field to collect carrots and kale that might otherwise have not been harvested this season.

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Food Day announcement in Boston Globe

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Join us in the fields for the fall harvest!

We'd love to see your smiling face out on the farm. Come and join us at one of these special days or find info about volunteering on other days. Either way, we can't wait to see you on the farm!



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