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Spotlight on Our Impressive Interns

Emil Leads a Neighborhood Tour
Emil Leads a Neighborhood Tour
For the past several weeks, while the Summer Youth Program participants were learning for the first time about The Food Project, 34 carefully selected teenagers from our pool of experienced youth took part in TFP's Summer Internship Program. Interns represent the most experienced youth staff at The Food Project. In the summer months, they learn in-depth skills in various aspects of TFP's programming, take initiative in leading activities and workshops for TFP youth and community members, and serve as role models for the youth in the Summer Youth Program. This summer, they did some pretty awesome and productive work.

At our farm in Lincoln, a team of ten interns harvested over 6,000 pounds of produce; packed and distributed over 3,000 community-supported agriculture shares; and tended crops in their own intern-managed plots. They also led workshops for Summer Youth Programs participants focusing on sustainable agriculture and food systems and participated in their own workshops about farm planning, soil fertility management, cooking, and food sovereignty.

In Boston, eight interns worked with community programs and agriculture staff to support TFP's community engagement work in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. They ran cooking demonstrations for participants in TFP's Farm-to-Family subsidized CSA program; led gardening workshops and educational programming for children, youth, and adults; and facilitated healthy eating workshops and neighborhood tours for Summer Youth Program participants and community groups. In addition, they ran the Dudley Town Common farmers' market; tended the fields at TFP's urban farms; and assisted with harvesting and maintenance in the Dudley Greenhouse.

On the North Shore, a hardworking team of 12 interns harvested over 10,000 pounds of produce; packed and distributed over 1,000 community-supported agriculture shares; and ran farmers' markets in Lynn and Beverly. They also tended the fields at Moraine Farm and Long Hill Farm in Beverly; grew delicious vegetables in their own intern-managed plots; and harvested and threshed wheat to make their own flour for some delicious cinnamon buns.

Finally, one team of four of our most experienced interns worked with TFP's Intern Program Manager John Wang to support youth programs curriculum and structural development. These four interns facilitated food justice workshops for community groups; developed and implemented anti-oppression workshops for youth in TFP's Summer Youth Program and Internship program; and helped to plan and develop the future structure of TFP's Internship Program. Furthermore, they represented The Food Project at the Rooted in Community Summer Youth Summit in Ames, Iowa.

At The Food Project, youth do meaningful work, build community with both peers and others, and develop valuable life skills. We think our intern group is a great embodiment of these goals and of the potential of young people. We are so lucky to have such amazing youth!

 

For more information about The Food Project's Summer Youth Program, Academic Year Program, and Internship Program, please check out our Youth Programs web page.