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Aetna Foundation Supports The Food Project’s Community Outreach and Education Programs

The Food Project is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation. Funding will support a number of community outreach and education programs in the Dudley neighborhood of Boston including:

Build-a-Garden – which builds raised-bed gardens for residents in the community and provides support for recipients to grow their own food. Participants are provided with seeds, seedlings, informational workshops, growing guides, and other support.

Farm to Family – a program that aims to remove barriers to access healthy food by allowing low-income families in Dorchester and Roxbury to purchase a weekly share of produce from The Food Project’s farms during the summer and fall at a reduced price. Participants can also use SNAP benefits to purchase their weekly shares.

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Ninety-Nine Year Lease given to The Food Project to farm land on West Cottage Street

The Food Project is excited to announce that the Dudley Neighbors Inc. (DNI), which has ownership over the parcel of land at 40 West Cottage where The Food Project has farmed on a year-to-year basis since 1998, has granted The Food Project a 99-year lease.


“We are excited to continue our relationship with DNI and to know that this land will be farmed for the next 99 years. This opportunity provides vibrant space for The Food Project and community members to grow healthy food for years to come,” says J. Harrison, executive director at The Food Project. “This serves as an important symbol and validation of the importance of urban agriculture.”

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