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Dudley Greenhouse Seeks Seedling Proposals

Lettuce and Collard Seedlings
Lettuce and Collard Seedlings
Though the weather is still getting chillier and chillier, here at The Food Project we are already dreaming of spring. In just a few short months, the Dudley Greenhouse will be a jungle of seedlings destined for our farms, neighbors' gardens, and community gardens around Boston. Benches that are currently lying flat on our radiant-heated floor and growing various winter lettuce crops will be boosted up onto cement blocks and filled with trays of baby tomatoes, peppers, beets, kale, and many other crops that will eventually make their way outside.

This winter, The Food Project will start approximately 32,000 seedlings in the Dudley Greenhouse! TFP Boston Urban Grower Jess Liborio will start over 200 trays of seedlings for our farms in the Dudley neighborhood. The Food Project will also grow seedlings for first-year gardeners who are part of our Build-a-Garden program. In addition, our wonderful youth interns will be collaborating to plan and start seedlings for our spring seedling sale, which will be held on Saturday, May 11 at the Dudley Greenhouse.  

Finally, each year we reserve seedling benches for community-based projects that aim to increase food access in Roxbury and Dorchester. Last year, participating groups included Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE), who started seedlings for their "Grow or Die" campaign, and the Vietnamese-American Civic Association (VACA), who started seedlings for their senior gardening program. Prospective projects must be community based - we unfortunately do not have capacity to support individual gardeners.

Click here to view the application for seedling production space. Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 18, 2013.

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