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Volunteer on the Farm This Fall

Volunteers from Wellington Management
Volunteers from Wellington Management
Our farms are in full bloom we need your help tending the fields! Volunteers help us harvest and wash vegetables, weed, and prepare the beds for winter. If you like to get your hands in the dirt, meet new people, and have fun outdoors, then this is the right volunteer opportunity for you!

We are looking for volunteers at our farms in Boston, Lincoln, Lynn, and Beverly in September and October. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or sign up to bring a group from your company, school, or community group.

 

Boston - Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Beverly - Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lincoln - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lynn - Mondays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

 

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Exploring the Dudley Hub

Courtney Leads a Tour
Courtney Leads a Tour
At the cusp of West and Brook
Lies a bounty of what chefs would cook.
Venture there and you'll find
The words written on your chest, in a sign.
 

On a recent Thursday morning, a small group of youth crew workers stood before The Food Project's Dudley Street office trying to extrapolate a location from this baffling poem. It took these teenagers from TFP's Summer Youth Program just a few minutes to figure out where to run for their next clue - how long would it take you?

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A Fruitful Year in the Garden

Grace in the Garden at The Open Door
Grace in the Garden at The Open Door
Grace Cherubino is the "garden lady" of Veterans Memorial Elementary School and Beeman Memorial Elementary School in Gloucester, Mass. Over the past year, Grace has served the community of Gloucester and The Food Project as a FoodCorps Service Member. She ran after-school programs at both schools, coordinated vegetable-tasting events at lunchtime, and helped to operate the community garden at The Open Door Food Pantry.

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Scholarship for Young Volunteers

Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont has partnered with The Food Project to establish a scholarship for high school youth who have completed a minimum of 100 hours of service in their community. "The Food Project Make a Difference Scholarship" will award $5,000 towards tuition and fees at Green Mountain College for students who have completed at least 50 hours of service at The Food Project and 50 hours of service at another registered non-profit organization.

The Food Project has the privilege of working with over 3,000 dedicated volunteers each year. Our volunteers include teenagers, young adults, adults, and senior citizens and come from schools, universities, corporations, non-profits, religious organizations, community organizations, and more. We are very excited for this opportunity to reward some of our youngest and most dedicated volunteers.

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Join Us for Roxtweet!


Please join Haley House and The Food Project for the summer 2012 #Roxtweet: Food Justice @ Food Day! This summer's tweetup is a conversation about how our communities and organizations can use Food Day 2012 to highlight social, economic and environmental justice issues in our food system. Our discussion topics will include: Growing Food; Gathering Food; Food Worker Justice; Advocacy, Policy, and Civic Engagement; Diversity in the Food Movement; and Understanding Hunger Today. Attendees are also encouraged to self-organize around other topics of their choosing! We hope to come out of the event with new and strengthened connections among community members interested in food justice, and with some concrete event plans for Food Day 2012. Come out and share your ideas!

 

 

WHERE: Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Images of Spring at TFP

Over the past several months, Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow Chris Fowler has been photographing the happenings at The Food Project all over greater Boston and the North Shore. Here are a few images from Chris's camera that ilustrate late winter and spring at The Food Project. 

 


January - Local gardener Maria Barros leads friends and neigbhors in a Cape Verdean cooking class at The Food Project's Dudley Street office.

 


February - Community Food Associate Jennie Msall gardens with refugees and clinicians from the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) on a sunny winter afternoon in their raised beds in the Dudley Greenhouse.

 

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TFP Tomatoes Around Boston

The Enterprise Bay
The Enterprise Bay
As summer sets in, the Dudley Greenhouse's enterprise bay is starting to look like a lush jungle. In the enterprise bay, The Food Project grows tomatoes that are sold to restaurants and markets in the Boston area.

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Summer Youth Program Begins

Summer Youth Program 2010
Summer Youth Program 2010
Monday, July 2 marks the first day of The Food Project's Summer Youth Program. The Summer Youth Program, known casually as SYP, is our flagship youth program. Since the summer of 1992, we have been bringing together youth from diverse backgrounds to experience "personal change through sustainable agriculture." The teenagers in SYP grow and distribute vegetables on our urban and suburban farms, work at hunger relief organizations, and gain skills in leadership, diversity, teamwork, and civic participation.

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Summer Interns Set to Shine

Interns Speak at a Community Lunch
Interns Speak at a Community Lunch
On Tuesday morning, 34 eager teenagers gathered at The Food Project's farm in Lincoln, Mass., to start their summer. These teenagers are The Food Project's summer interns -- our most experienced youth staff members. They have all gone through the Summer Youth Program, and many continued to work with TFP through the Academic Year Program. They are well-versed in all areas of TFP programming and are experienced leaders and facilitators.

The summer interns are divided into groups, each specializing on certain parts of The Food Project's operations. Nine of the thirty-four interns this summer will work at TFP's farm in Lincoln, Mass. These nine interns are agriculture specialists: they will be the point people for food production and distribution at the farm, and will collaborate with the farm staff to deliver sustainable agriculture workshops for youth in the Summer Youth Program.

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Dudley Greenhouse Spreads Its Seedlings

Sayed Ali's Garden
Sayed Ali's Garden
This summer Sayed Ali's garden is blooming beautifully. Sayed runs the "Seed and Yield" program through the Nubian United Benevolent International Association (NUBIA). He brings together Sudanese youth to experience gardening, learn about nutrition, and build community through service. In addition, Sayed's group grows in two garden plots in the Dudley Greenhouse. This spring, Sayed and his group started 50 trays of mixed vegetables, or over 2500 seedlings, in the greenhouse. The seedlings were planted in community gardens around Boston, and the produce will be provided free to low-income community members.

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