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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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City Farm Fest is This Saturday!


Come celebrate spring with The Food Project! The Food Project will be holding its annual City Farm Fests in Lynn and Boston this Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All members of the community are invited to join us for gardening workshops; plant, seed, and gardening supplies sales; children’s activities; food; and more. Come learn how to start your garden, get expert tips on maintaining your garden, buy essential garden supplies, or simply enjoy the festivities!

 

 

Lynn City Farm Fest

WHERE: TFP's Munroe Street Garden, 100 Munroe Street, Lynn, Mass.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHAT:

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TFP Volunteers Start Food Truck

TFP's kale is on the menu!
TFP's kale is on the menu!
On Friday, April 20th, TFP volunteers Irene, Mei, and Andy Li officially opened their new food struck, the Mei Mei Street Kitchen. "Mei mei" (pronounced may-may) means "little sister" in Chinese, so it is an appropriate name for this sibling-run food truck that serves up creative Chinese food delicacies. Mei Mei has been cruising the streets of Boston for one week now and has been delivering delicious food around the city. Their dishes include pork buns, kale salad, macarons, and more.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen creates Chinese-American food that is made from locally-sourced and sustainably-produced ingredients. The three sibling owners all love food and strive to support local and regional food systems while delivering high quality and delicious food to their customers. They also connect with and support local organizations such as The Food Project and the Bowdoin Street Health Center's Healthy Food Access Project.

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TFP Partner Named Boston Neighborhood Fellow

TFP's Brandy Brooks, Sayed Mohamed-Nour, and Mayor Menino.
TFP's Brandy Brooks, Sayed Mohamed-Nour, and Mayor Menino.
Sayed A. Mohamed-Nour, director of the Nubian United Benevolent International Association (NUBIA), Inc., was honored as a Boston Neighborhood Fellow at a ceremony held on April 11, 2012, at the office of City Year. Sayed joined five other local community service leaders in the fellowship class of 2012. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who described the festivities as “his favorite event” on his calendar, served as keynote speaker.

Administered by The Philanthropic Initiative, the fellowship program celebrates the unsung heroes of greater Boston, builders of community who make vital contributions but who have gone unrecognized. Founded in 1990, the program annually honors individuals who receive direct grants of $30,000 over a three-year period.

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Farm Shares Are Available for 2012!


The Food Project currently has Community-Supported Agriculture farm shares available for the 2012 farm season. The Food Project's Community-Supported Agriculture program is a partnership between our farm and a community of supporters. At the beginning of the season, CSA members purchase a "share" of the crops that will be grown. In return, The Food Project provides a healthy supply of sustainably grown, fresh vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Each week, CSA members come to our farm to pick up their share of the produce or receive a box share of produce. Each CSA farm share contains enough vegetables to feed a family of four mixed-diet individuals or 2-3 vegetarian adults. Each CSA box share contains enough vegetables to feed 2-3 mixed-diet individuals or 1-2 vegetarian adults. The CSA program runs from mid-June through the end of October and offers a wide variety of produce.

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