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News from the Lincoln fields

This week you may be eating our lettuce. You and over 500 other families (as well as a few geese who like to visit the fields.) Some are CSA members, some are staff of The Food Project and some get the lettuce from a food pantry. That simple lettuce is also part of something much larger. The lettuce is grown as part of a youth development program that brings over 170 youth from diverse backgrounds together from the greater Boston area and the North Shore. They will plant, weed, harvest and learn about themselves and their place in our food system. Over 3,200 volunteers from middle schools and churches, investment companies and colleges come to work with us, envisioning a healthier food reality while working the land.

Hungry people at 10 shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries will receive the food harvested by those youth and volunteers over the course of the season. 850 seniors in the North Shore will have access to our produce. Over 12,000 people will visit farmers’ markets where The Food Project participates and be able to use WIC coupons and food stamps to buy fresh produce thanks to our efforts. Local food will find its way into the cafeterias of Boston public schools with the guidance of Food Project staff.

Across the country students at 300 colleges will engage with our Real Food Challenge, working to bring just, sustainable food into their campuses. In its almost two decades of existence, The Food Project has helped to inspire the creation of 200 other organizations that work at the intersection of youth, food and community in the movement to create a more just and sustainable food system. In our broken food system in which poverty wages for the worker, destructive practices for the environment and malnutrition for the eaters are commonplace, your lettuce is a step in a healthier direction.

Meet Your Farmers

Each week we will introduce one of our Lincoln farmers.
Cecilia Duran started out a city-dweller in Mexico City and has since developed a love of the farming life, goats and guinea hens. This will be her sixth season growing food. Cecilia joined The Food Project in 2008 as a Grower's Assistant and is now the CSA Manager. Prior to joining The Food Project she worked with various youth development programs in Boston. She currently lives in Jamaica Plain and looks forward to garlic scapes and tomatillos the most.

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