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The 2010 Winter Institute is a wrap

Our annual Winter Institute came and went last week. Following is Institute organizer Greg Gale's summary. If you were interested but couldn't make it this winter, it's not too early to start thinking about attending the Summer Institute, coming up August 4th - 6th.

13 eager souls participated in this year's Winter Institute. They came from as close as Boston and as far away as NJ, NYC, VT, and ME. Most of them are running existing programs and some were getting ready to start new ones. All of them shared a deep passion for engaging youth in sustainable food systems work.

Their favorite part, imagine, was being with TFP teens talking, building raised bed containers, sorting seeds and doing a social justice workshop that required them to scramble across the floor grabbing candy in the ‘Scramble for Wealth and Power’. In between these experiential moments, we did some powerful reflection and learning about the theory and practice that drives TFP work.

A learning for me, as the facilitator, was to make time for the participants to teach each other from their own wide range of experiences. We created a learning community that was springing back and forth from the TFP experience to the lived experience of the folks in the room. The Food Project is an incubator really, of inspiring and hopeful youth and adults doing their best to make a difference. Having TFP teens and staff come into contact with other like-minded people is quite fun, powerful and creative.

I am looking forward to the Summer Institute where we will continue the learning journey.

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