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Mayor Menino Opens Greenhouse

Food Project Intern Mayra Class shows Mayor Menino how to hand-pollinate greenhouse tomatoes. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Leon)
Food Project Intern Mayra Class shows Mayor Menino how to hand-pollinate greenhouse tomatoes. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Leon)
Neighbors, friends, and supporters gathered at the official opening of the Dudley Greenhouse. The event, which took place on May 11, featured Mayor Menino, whose remarks applauded the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and The Food Project for working to bring this important resource to the community.

“Not too long ago, this site where we’re standing was a garage; it was an eyesore and a blight on the neighborhood,” Menino said. “Now it is an agricultural oasis, where residents can learn how to grow their own vegetables, and where fresh, affordable produce will be grown for the city’s farmers’ markets and food banks.”

Besides the mayor, other speakers at the opening included John Barros of DSNI, Margaret Williams of TFP, and community member Sandra Mitchell, who spoke eloquently about what the greenhouse means to her, her family, and the neighborhood.

A newcomer to gardening, Mitchell applied for one of the community plots in the greenhouse. In addition to benefiting from an improved diet, she looks forward to reducing her family’s food costs.

“When you add to my story the story of all the other people who are growing here now and will be growing in the future, you begin to see the impact this greenhouse will make on this community,” she said.

Afterwards, the mayor was treated to a tour of the greenhouse by TFP interns Mayra Class and Vincent Randolph. Myra even showed the mayor how to hand-pollinate the tomatoes, a process that’s necessary because they grow in a controlled environment.

The event was sponsored by the Boston Public Health Commission, in collaboration with DSNI and TFP.

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