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What Do You Like to Eat?

By Sutton Kiplinger, Greater Boston Regional Director, The Food Project

The Dudley neighborhood, where The Food Project manages a 2-acre urban farm and a community greenhouse, has just begun an exciting community planning process around its food system. Over the next eight months, the Dudley Real Food Hub – a collaboration between The Food Project, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and Alternatives for Community & Environment – will lead a series of activities designed to surface residents’ priorities around food in the neighborhood and then develop action steps based on them.

The first of these public activities kicked off on July 26. Youth from DSNI and The Food Project surveyed residents at the Dennis Street Park block party and the Haley House Community Tables event, collecting information on how the neighborhood food system currently works for them.

This visioning process is the first of its kind in the city of Boston. As such, it has the potential not only to build a “food oasis” in Dudley but also to offer a set of tools for how other communities in Boston and across the country can increase community involvement and control of their neighborhood food systems. The Food Project is proud to be a partner in this effort.

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