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Common Boston Celebrates Food Day

October 16 - also known as World Food Day - marked the start of nearly two weeks of events here in Boston and around the country to highlight the wealth of activities and opportunities around food in our communities. On Tuesday evening, TFP Director of Community Programs Brandy Brooks joined Vivien Morris of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and Karen Spiller of the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness for a roundtable discussion on urban agriculture and food justice hosted by Common Boston.

The evening started as each person shared a food access story from their own life, and the conversation flowed over a delicious potluck dinner provided by attendees. Over the next two hours, the group's discussion ranged from community engagement in public policy to soil health to innovative art and design projects that highlight food and cooking. Interwoven throughout the conversation were questions of equity in access to urban agriculture support resources and decision-making power over land use. Participants included design professionals, community members, and public agency staff, and many group members contributed their knowledge and experience of urban food systems work in Massachusetts and across the country.

The Food Project's Food Day event series continues this Saturday, October 20 with our Food for Thought workshops and GROWN IN tour in Dorchester and Roxbury, Mass. The following week, The Food Project will join partners around Massachusetts for additional Food Day events. Lastly, The Food Project is partnering with the organizers of the Public Kitchen to host several events from October 22 to 28 that integrate food, art, and public space. You can find our full schedule of activities here. We look forward to seeing you!

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