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Write a Poem About TFP!


The Food Project needs your help! This winter, the CTK Foundation - a nonprofit-focused software solutions company - will be awarding their Heart & Soul Grants. Rather than requesting grant proposals, these grants are given out to the non-profits that submit the best 4-8 line poems written about their mission and work. 

There are a number of prizes being awarded, and first place is a $10,000 grant and a song about your organization recorded by the Grammy-winning artists Original Blind Boys of Alabama.

So, we have decided to hold a little contest of our own. The Food Project invites any poetically-minded supporter to submit a 4-8 line poem about TFP. Our official TFP Poem Committee will review all submissions and select the most promising poem!

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Dumplings with Your Neighbor

Susan Prepares Garlic Eggplant
Susan Prepares Garlic Eggplant
This blog was written by TFP Community Programs Associate Allison Daminger about the first installment in our "Cooking with Your Neighbor" workshop series this winter.

 

A small group huddles around a pot of boiling water in The Food Project's kitchen in Dorchester. "How will we know they're done?" asks one woman. The answer comes from across the room, where Shuyun (Susan) Zheng is busy slicing a head of Napa cabbage: "They're done when they float!" she calls.

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A Second Year in the Garden

Sadie With A Volunteer At The Farm
Sadie With A Volunteer At The Farm
In August, The Food Project embarked on its second year as the Massachusetts host site for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit organization that works with schools to create a healthier school food environment. What follows is the third of a series of blogs profiling the FoodCorps members who are serving at The Food Project during the 2012-13 school year.

 

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New Workshops This Winter!

The Food Project is excited to announce that we will be offering a variety of new workshops this winter through our "Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well" workshop series!

Our gardening workshops are taught by TFP staff and youth, and will focus on growing food during the winter and preparing your garden for the spring. During our cooking workshops, The Food Project invites local gardeners and cooks into our kitchen to share recipes from their respective cultures. Participants cook together and then celebrate with a sit-down meal. 

Participants are welcome to bring children to any of our workshops. Fun and structured children's activities will be available during all Saturday workshops.

This winter, the workshops will include:

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Nominate TFP for Seeds of Change!

Massachusetts FoodCorps Service Members
Massachusetts FoodCorps Service Members
Since August 2012, eight FoodCorps Service Members have been hard at work in communities across eastern Massachusetts educating children about growing and eating healthy food through hands-on garden- and kitchen-based learning. These ambitious young leaders are working in the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, Lynn, and Gloucester to build and expand school gardens; facilitate gardening and cooking workshops; offer taste tests; and more.

To support the work of these young educators, The Food Project is applying for a "Share the Good" grant from Seeds of Change. This winter, Seeds of Change will award twelve $10,000 grants to community-based organizations to support programs that will enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers, and communities. These grants are intended to help organizations that are working to increase access to fresh, nutritious food through community outreach and education.

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Food Project


Here at The Food Project, Thanksgiving is admittedly one of our favorite holidays. After growing food, harvesting food, selling food, cooking food, sharing food, eating food, and talking about food all year, it's only natural that we are excited for a day dedicated to food and people.

Thanksgiving is a day for spending time with family and friends, cooking, eating, and embracing traditions new and old. Like all holidays, however, the experience of this day is different for everyone. Last week, I asked some of my co-workers here at The Food Project to share their favorite memories of Thanksgiving.

For many of us, Thanksgiving is about family...

"It's the one weekend when my family and friends all converge on my hometown." - Allison Daminger, Community Programs Associate

"I always love having multiple generations under one roof and spending as much time as we can outside." - Polly Reeve, Director of Development

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Food Justice in the Dudley Greenhouse

Marlie Leading a Cooking Lesson
Marlie Leading a Cooking Lesson
In August, The Food Project embarked on its second year as the Massachusetts host site for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit organization that works with schools to create a healthier school food environment. What follows is the second of a series of blogs profiling the FoodCorps members who are serving at The Food Project during the 2012-13 school year. 

 

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A Week of Food Celebrations

Marlie Hands Out Smoothies
Marlie Hands Out Smoothies
Last month, The Food Project celebrated Food Day in grand style by hosting celebrations at our offices and farms and attending festive events across Massachusetts. Over a period of more than a week before, on, and after Food Day, TFP staff, youth, partners, and community members participated in food-focused tours, workshops, panels, and more.

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Fall Festival and Market

Winter Crops
Winter Crops
Please join The Food Project on Tuesday, November 20th for a Fall Festival and Market in the Dudley Greenhouse! From 4:00-7:00pm, we will hold a family fun event to celebrate fall, Thanksgiving, and the end of the harvest season. 

Produce from The Food Project's farms in Dorchester and Roxbury will be available for sale, including a variety of root vegetables and greens. Come buy delicious, fresh food to adorn your Thanksgiving table or to store away for the winter. As always, we accept SNAP/EBT, WIC coupons, senior farmers' market coupons, debit, and cash.

In addition, TFP youth interns will be running fun and educational activities for children and families. Outside the greenhouse, the Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck will be selling some delicious snacks and drinks.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

 

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Building Life Skills in the Garden

Stephanie Teaching in the Greenhouse
Stephanie Teaching in the Greenhouse
In August, The Food Project embarked on its second year as the Massachusetts host site for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit organization that works with schools to create a healthier school food environment. What follows is the first of a series of blogs profiling the FoodCorps members who are serving at The Food Project during the 2012-13 school year. 

 

"There's no [competition] to the flavor of something that is fresh and was just picked," says FoodCorps service member Stephanie Simmons. "I think that's why a lot of kids don't like vegetables - because they haven't had a chance to taste them at their best."

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