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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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New Beginnings on the Farm

Selvin Chambers
Selvin Chambers
Dear Friends and Supporters,

As I write this, I have just finished my first full week on the job as The Food Project’s new executive director. It’s been an exciting and invigorating time, learning about the organization and its work from the people who make it run. I still have a way to go in fulfilling my commitment to sit down and meet with all staff and get to know key donors and supporters, and from what I’ve seen and heard so far, the passion and commitment that drew me to TFP are real. I am thankful for the opportunity to lead this vibrant community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds working together to build a sustainable food system.

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Dudley Greenhouse Seeks Project Proposals


During the past year we have been pleased to share the Dudley Greenhouse with a variety of community groups. The greenhouse has provided space not just for food production, but also for the sharing of food, culture and resources. For this upcoming year, we invite proposals from groups and individuals to once again share this incredible community space and resource.

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Grow Well and Eat Well this Summer

We are pleased to announce several new workshops in The Food Project's "Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well" workshop series! This summer, we will feature new workshops in the Dudley Greenhouse and in TFP's Dudley Street office. New workshops will include:

  • Disease and Pest Management Basics - An introduction to identifying and organically treating common diseases and pests in your garden
  • Summer Harvest Tips and Storage Ideas - Tips and techniques for correctly harvesting your crops 
  • Extending the Season - Making the most of your garden in the late fall and early spring
  • Tastings from the Garden - Simple ways to prepare common crops from your garden
  • Canning Basics - Preserving the summer's bounty for the colder months
  • One Vegetable, Four Ways - Basic cooking techniques and creative ways to cook two staple fall crops 

 

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Parasitic Wasps Protect TFP’s Tomatoes

Tomatoes in the Dudley Greenhouse
Tomatoes in the Dudley Greenhouse
In the back bay of the Dudley Greenhouse, past the seedlings and the community beds, hundreds of tomato plants are just reaching maturity. We call this part of the greenhouse the "Enterprise Bay." Later this week, Greenhouse Manager Danielle Andrews and Community Food Associate Jennie Msall will harvest the first batch of tomatoes. The tomatoes will be sold to restaurants in Boston and Cambridge and the revenue will contribute to the cost of operating the rest of the greenhouse.

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A Healthy Harvest at The Open Door

Easter Egg Radishes from the Garden
Easter Egg Radishes from the Garden
This past Monday, May 21, FoodCorps Service Member Grace Cherubino and Cape Ann Farmers' Market Backyard Growers Program Coordinator Lara Lepionka got their hands dirty harvesting vegetables from the community garden at The Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, Mass. Their harvest of spinach, Easter egg radishes, brassica, sweet leaf lettuce, arugula, baby kale, cilantro, chives, and oregano went directly into The Open Door's cooler for the community members who have been helping in the garden this spring.

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Announcing Our New Executive Director

Dear Friends,

On behalf of The Food Project’s Board of Trustees, I am writing to share exciting news. We are delighted to inform you that after an exhaustive nine-month
nationwide search we have selected Selvin Chambers as The Food Project’s new executive director. Selvin will officially join us on June 1, 2012.

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