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Changing Seasons, Changing Faces

As we get ready for another growing season, we’d like to thank and bid a fond farewell to departed staff and welcome new members of The Food Project team.

Miriam and son Zalen on the farm.
Miriam and son Zalen on the farm.
This past December, former Director of Agriculture and long time Lincoln farmer Miriam Stason left us after eight years helping us grow farm-fresh food. In life off the farm, Miriam will be focused on raising her young family, which will grow to four when she gives birth to her second child in late March. Taking up the reins as our new agriculture director is Tim Laird, who will continue to manage the Baker Bridge farm in Lincoln. Pedro Ghirotti will be joining Tim as our new field manager. We're excited to have Pedro working on a soil fertility plan that should help make our fields more productive in the coming season and for years to come.

This February marked the end of a fellowship period of two members of TFP’s community programs staff – Aisha Amuda and Cara Brumfield, both of whom worked with us as Emerson Congressional Hunger Fellows. Aisha conducted a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of coupon-based incentive programs intended to encourage low-income consumers to shop at Boston-area farmers’ markets.

Cara conducted a study about the impact and effectiveness of the Boston Bounty Bucks program, which makes Boston farmers' markets accessible and affordable to participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly 'food stamps'). In addition, she managed the work of four TFP interns to produce a video highlighting disparities in access to healthy food [see below].

Aisha and Cara are now completing the second half of their fellowship in Washington, D.C., working for research organizations that study hunger and poverty. We wish them well and miss them already!

Keep your eyes on the farm for faces new and old returning to the fields. Farmers Emily and Alex will return soon and come June nine new crew leaders will come out to lead 100 new teenagers in our Summer Youth Program's twentieth season.

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