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Opening of the Lynn North Shore Community College Greenhouse


In October of 2018, a 1200 square foot greenhouse was opened on the Lynn campus of North Shore Community College. This unique project is the result of a
state Skills Capital Grant, and creates a unique partnership between The Food Project and the college to learn and grow together.

 

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Reflections from a Seed Crew Summer


This summer I worked in The Food Projects Seed Crew. It was a great learning experience and it opened my eyes to world issues that I had never considered before. Over the course of the 6 weeks, youth worked together to harvest crops that go to local markets and hunger relief organizations. Our main goal is to create equal access to healthy foods because we realize that healthy food isn't always an option for everyone. Many cities have ‘food deserts’ where it is nearly impossible to find fresh produce. This is one reason why I particularly enjoyed the urban farm in Dorchester.

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Vote for the leadership of the Dudley Greenhouse


Vote for the leadership of the Dudley Greenhouse! Read about the candidates, and stop by the Greenhouse to cast your vote: 11 Brook Ave in Roxbury, Wednesdays 1-6 PM and Saturdays 9-1, through August 15. You must vote for a minimum of 5 candidates, and you may vote for up to 15 of the candidates. In order to be elected to the GAC, a candidate will need to receive votes from a majority of the total number of voters. 

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Dudley Greenhouse Seeks Project Proposals


The Food Project (TFP) and the Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee (DGHAC) invites proposals from organizations and individuals who want to work in partnership to create greenhouse projects. Projects should address causes of food inequities as well as celebrate the cultural, spiritual, and physical importance of food in the surrounding or neighboring community.

DEADLINE: Friday, August 17, 2018

Applicants will be notified whether their applications have been accepted by Friday, September 14th and projects will run between September 22th, 2018 and late August 2019.

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Important Update Regarding Executive Director J. Harrison


As many of you know, The Food Project’s Executive Director J. Harrison has been out on medical leave since April of this year. While J.’s condition is improving every day and he is optimistic about making a full recovery, his treatment is taking longer than anticipated. In order to devote his time and energy fully to his health and recovery, J. has made the difficult decision to step down from his role as Executive Director at The Food Project.

Board Chair Linda McQuillan, who has been serving as interim executive director since April, will continue in that role until a permanent executive director can be named. A committee of Food Project trustees, alumni, and former staff will oversee the search process in collaboration with our executive team to identify and interview qualified candidates for the executive director role.

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Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee Nominations Now Open


The Dudley Greenhouse is a special place: a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse in the Dudley neighborhood of Roxbury that serves as a year-round food production space and a resource hub for gardeners and residents of the community. The Dudley Greenhouse was built in 2004 by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), which leases it to The Food Project to oversee vegetable production and to partner with community members and organizations to run programming.

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You Raised $430,000 for Youth, Food, and Community at the Big Shindig


The Food Project kicked off its 27th growing season with the Big Shindig on Wednesday, April 25 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. This year, over 325 supporters came together to celebrate youth, food, and community at our annual fundraiser. Hosted by co-chairs, Michelle Dyer and Katie Ryan, and Presenting Sponsors Bank of America and Linda and Bill McQuillan, this was the most successful Big Shindig yet! The event raised over $430,000 to support youth leadership, diverse communities, and increased access to fresh, healthy, local, affordable food for all.

We felt honored to be surrounded by so many inspiring people dedicated to youth leaders, diverse communities, and sustainable local farms and food systems. We are overwhelmed by generosity and dedication of all of our supporters who make this vision a reality every day.

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Interested in Growing Seedlings for Gardening Projects? Dudley Greenhouse Invites Proposals

We are currently accepting applications from groups interested in growing seedlings at the Dudley Greenhouse for use in gardening projects. Application Deadline: January 12, 2018 by 5 p.m. Apply online now


Each year, the Dudley Greenhouse community seeks out partners to run greenhouse/gardening programs that benefit residents of our nearby communities - Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. In particular, we seek opportunities to support Dudley residents and organizations serving the Dudley Community.

The Dudley Greenhouse is a 10,000 square-foot facility in the Dudley neighborhood of Roxbury. Owned by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and leased by The Food Project (TFP), the greenhouse operates year round as a food production and educational space.

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Dudley Greenhouse Seeks Project Proposals

We are currently accepting applications from groups interested in growing food at the Dudley Greenhouse in community-oriented projects. Apply now.


The Food Project (TFP) and the Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee (DGHAC) invites proposals from organizations and individuals who want to work in partnership to create greenhouse projects. Projects should address causes of food inequities as well as celebrate the cultural, spiritual, and physical importance of food in the surrounding or neighboring community.

DEADLINE: Friday, August 18, 2017

Applicants will be notified whether their applications have been accepted by Friday, September 9th and projects will run between September 24th 2017 and late August 2018.

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Close the "SNAP Gap!"

Close the "SNAP Gap!" Ask your local representative to co-sponsor House Docket #655 and your Senator to co-sponsor Senate Docket #247! 

What's the 'SNAP Gap'?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, offers benefits to financially aid residents in the purchase of food. It is funded by the federal government and operated by the Department of Transitional Assistance out of the Department of Health and Human Services. In Massachusetts, more than 1.35 million residents are potentially eligible to recieve SNAP but only 763,00 are currently recieving these benefits. This means that there are a potential 680,000 MA residents that are not recieving SNAP, also referred to as the 'SNAP Gap'. 

Credit: Massachusetts Public Health Association
Credit: Massachusetts Public Health Association

Closing the Gap

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