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In Memory of Henry Masters, 1984-2009

It is with great sadness that The Food Project shares the loss of a member of our community, Henry Masters.

As Henry's family writes:

"The thread that runs through Henry’s life—his leadership, purpose, mentoring, and capacity to effect change—is perhaps best expressed through his ten-year relationship with The Food Project, an organization fostering personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Henry started there at age 14 as a crew member, rising through the ranks of summer positions to Crew Leader, Roxbury Site Supervisor, and later, between college and graduate school, a year full-time as Youth Programs Coordinator, building programming and curricula that ensured a level playing field for young participants from all backgrounds in the Boston metropolitan area. The Food Project embodied Henry’s hopes and dreams for society, not to mention his enjoyment of good food—grown well, harvested and cooked lovingly, and distributed to those for whom a healthy diet was economically challenging. It was a practical way to accomplish change and see growth of both food and youth."

There are so many wonderful stories and memories to be shared about Henry. Please join us in sharing your story by sending it to [email protected]. These stories as well as photos and poems about him can be viewed by visiting his memorial website at

Please join The Food Project, along with all of Henry's family and friends, for a memorial service to remember Henry and celebrate his life. The service will be held at 2 p.m. on December 12th, at the Arlington Street Church, in Boston. The church is located at 351 Boylston St., right on the corner of Arlington and Boylston streets. It is directly across from the Boston Public Garden.


UPDATE: For donations, the Masters family has asked that in lieu of flowers you consider:

The Food Project

A fund has been established at The Food Project (TFP) to honor Henry's commitment to youth development, his respect for the communities with which TFP is connected, and his love of the land, both urban and suburban. more info

Family Foundation

The Masters family is in the process of defining and establishing a 501(c)(3) foundation aimed at better outcomes for young persons with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The mission includes building awareness, communicating best practices, and awarding research grants. Donations will be gratefully accepted early in 2010.

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