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Raised-bed Gardening: Trials and Satisfaction


Over the course of the growing season, The Food Project staff member Allison Daminger, along with our Boston interns, will be blogging about their experiences tending two 4 ft. x 8 ft. raised bed gardens located on The Food Project's farm in Dorchester. Although Allison and the youth have learned a lot through osmosis—when you work for The Food Project, it's hard not to pick up at least the basics of growing food!—watching and assisting others is quite different from having one's own garden. We hope that reading about their mistakes and successes over the course of the growing season will encourage other aspiring gardeners to dive in with a little less fear! Here, Allison reflects on what's working, and what's gone wrong!

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The Summer Youth Program Finale

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West Cottage Farm Hosts Mayor Menino

Mayor Tom Menino with TFP Executive Director Selvin Chambers, TFP alumna '94 and staffer Jess Liborio, TFP alumna '99 and Co-Founder of Fresh Food Generation Cassandria Campbell, and TFP Board of Trustees Chair Dylan Sanders. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Mayor.
Mayor Tom Menino with TFP Executive Director Selvin Chambers, TFP alumna '94 and staffer Jess Liborio, TFP alumna '99 and Co-Founder of Fresh Food Generation Cassandria Campbell, and TFP Board of Trustees Chair Dylan Sanders. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Mayor.

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Youth Speak: A Dream, a Pledge

 

Throughout our summertime Farm Lunch series, our interns are given a chance to speak about their experiences at The Food Project, their communities, their dreams, and the change they are effecting in their own lives and the lives of others. On Monday, July 22, Boston intern Keyara Gethers spoke at the second lunch of the summer series. Keyara is a first-time intern in the summer of 2013, having been a Summer Youth Program worker last summer and a member of DIRT crew in the 2012-2013 academic year.

A natural public speaker, Keyara entertained participant workers of our Summer Youth Program, staff, donors and supporters, and friends with a humorous speech on her dreams to become a chef and her pledge to no longer consume any fast food — except Popeyes!

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