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Governor proclaims Food Day at TFP farm

Governor Patrick digs in with a broadfork to loosen up carrots at Baker Bridge farm. --Photo by Christopher Fowler
Governor Patrick digs in with a broadfork to loosen up carrots at Baker Bridge farm. --Photo by Christopher Fowler
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited The Food Project this morning to celebrate Food Day and join us in harvesting food for local hunger relief efforts. TFP Director of Agriculture Tim Laird led the governor, Food Project youth, and a team from the Boston Area Gleaners working in the field to collect carrots and kale that might otherwise have not been harvested this season.

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Food Day announcement in Boston Globe

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Join us in the fields for the fall harvest!

We'd love to see your smiling face out on the farm. Come and join us at one of these special days or find info about volunteering on other days. Either way, we can't wait to see you on the farm!



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A letter from Board Chair Gene Benson


Dear Friend of The Food Project,

I am writing to inform you of a major staffing change at The Food Project (TFP). After nearly four years of providing leadership at TFP and in the broader real food movement, Margaret Williams, our Executive Director, has decided to move on to pursue new opportunities. Margaret has resigned effective September 16, 2011.

As many of you know, Margaret joined TFP in 2008 to help us embark on an exciting and important phase of strategic growth. Under her leadership, TFP has expanded our impact dramatically – re-imagining and deepening our commitment to youth, local food, and community. Her accomplishments are many, far exceeding the space of this letter to list in their entirety. I trust that everyone who reads this will understand that what follows represents only a sampling of her contributions.

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5K Run to Support FoodCorps - Sunday, 9/18


download:      a flyer          a brochure         a registration form

 

Register to run/walk  or  Sponsor someone to run   

wholefoodsmarket5k.com

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Join Les Dames d’Escoffier for Feast on a Farm

Farm to Table Dinner

hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, Boston Chapter

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Saturday, September 17, 2011
6:00 p.m. ‐ 10:00 p.m.
Verrill Farm in Concord

Live Music & Dancing
Silent Auction to benefit The Food Project and Future Chefs
$68.00 per person

Purchase tickets at www.lesdamesboston.org

 

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Reflections on RIC 2011

The following blog was written by TFP Intern Keron Cruz. Keron, along with fellow intern Keely Curliss, represented The Food Project at the RIC (Rooted in Community) conference in late July 2011.

Two weeks ago, my coworker, Keely Curliss, and I had the opportunity to participate at the RIC (Rooted in Community) conference in Philadelphia, PA. The purpose of RIC is to bring together organizations all over the country who work in trying to make a difference in the food system and to learn from one another and promote the movement of food justice.

Despite working at The Food Project for about three-and-a-half years, I had never been involved in a conference where I had the chance to see organizations similar to The Food Project trying to create change. I had no idea what to expect from RIC and by the time the conference came to an end, I learned that there are hundreds on youth like myself who are working hard for a better tomorrow.

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Interns in the Garden

[The first part of this blog was written by Sylvia, a TFP summer intern. In the second part, Sylvia is the featured gardener in this month’s installment of "A Week in My Garden."]

TFP Intern Sylvia at work on her raised-bed garden.
TFP Intern Sylvia at work on her raised-bed garden.
My name is Sylvia and I am one of the twelve Boston interns at The Food Project. Our internship is divided into three groups in which we rotate: Agriculture (AG), Teaching through Agriculture (TAG), and Build-a-Garden (BaG).

During our time in AG we get the opportunity to teach community members about the food system through our Food Choices Workshop. As part of TAG, we have the opportunity to educate and inform children from the ages of 5 to 18 about healthy food choices at our Urban Learning Farm (ULF).

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Pre-order Garlic Now for Fall Planting

A head of freshly harvested garlic with many more to clean!
A head of freshly harvested garlic with many more to clean!

With all of this talk about harvesting garlic, I'm sure many of you are eager to grow it for the first time or plant even more than last year! We will be announcing our Compost & Garlic Fest in next month's newsletter, and in the meantime plan ahead. We'll be ordering seed garlic for planting. To guarantee garlic, you must pre-order.

How to Pre-Order:

Each head of garlic will be $5, and generally 1 head covers about 1 square foot in a raised bed. To pre-order, please mail a check made out to The Food Project by August 31. Please include your name, email and/or phone number, and # of garlic heads you'd like.


Send checks to:

The Food Project
Attn: Kathleen Banfield
555 Dudley St
Dorchester Ma, 02125

Questions? Email [email protected]

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One Click, $100,000 for Real Food

Dear Food Project Friends and Supporters,

We have some exciting news – our own David Schwartz of the Real Food Challenge is one of five finalists for the VH1 Do Something Award! If David wins, the Real Food Challenge will get $100,000 to help galvanize this movement to bring fresh, local food to college campuses. The award will be presented on a national live broadcast on VH1, bringing the message of the Real Food Challenge to a huge audience!

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