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Governor proclaims Food Day at TFP farm

Governor Patrick digs in with a broadfork to loosen up carrots at Baker Bridge farm. --Photo by Christopher Fowler
Governor Patrick digs in with a broadfork to loosen up carrots at Baker Bridge farm. --Photo by Christopher Fowler
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited The Food Project this morning to celebrate Food Day and join us in harvesting food for local hunger relief efforts. TFP Director of Agriculture Tim Laird led the governor, Food Project youth, and a team from the Boston Area Gleaners working in the field to collect carrots and kale that might otherwise have not been harvested this season.

The morning on the farm marked the official launch of the Massachusetts Gleaning Network and brought a handful of state officials and local nonprofits together out on Baker Bridge Farm. Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Scott Soares was seen loosening carrots in the field with a pitchfork and enjoying fresh apple cider pressed from orchards in Stow, Mass. Environmental and Energy Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan was quick to point out that this was one of countless events happening across the country today.

Sullivan reminded us that "Food Day is a unique opportunity – nation-wide and locally – to bring residents, farming community leaders and state officials together to focus on key initiatives that support bringing nutritious, fresh and locally-grown products to our communities." This point was brought into clear focus as Governor Patrick stood on our farm officially proclaiming today Food Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In sharing his passion for fresh healthy food, the governor said
"I love food, I love cooking, I love the hospitalilty, and the companionship of sharing a meal. I'm a gardener as well, so it gives me a lot of satisfaction to see what all of you are doing and to join you here today."

We want to thank everyone who visited us in Lincoln today, and to encourage everyone else to get out and celebrate the season's bounty, today for Food Day, and everyday. What will you do? Leave a comment below!


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