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Sprouting and Microgreens Skillshare

DIO (Do It Ourselves) Skillshare's Sprouting and microgreens skillshare

Sunday, May 16, 2010 1:30-3:00pm

Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Friends' room)
5 Longfellow Park, Harvard Square, Cambridge
For More Info: Call Ellie or Jules 617-492-2340

In this free skillshare, you will learn the techniques of sprouting seeds in jars, and growing microgreens (mini-greens) in trays. We cover common problems, where to get inexpensive supplies, and the many benefits of growing and eating sprouts and microgreens. Ellie and Jules have eight years experience as raw fooders and use sprouts and mcirogreens as a mainstay of their daily diet.

This skillshare is sponsored by the Cambridge Quaker Earthcare Witness Committee of Friends Meeting at Cambridge.

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Raised Bed Garden Workshops

 If you cannot make City Farm Fest, not to worry—you have not missed out yet!

“How to Plant Your Raised Bed Garden” Workshops


Lynn Farm Fest

Saturday, May 15
11:00am-2:00pm
100 Munroe Street
Downtown Lynn

Plant Sale
Workshop time TBA

Note: Plant pick-up for Lynn Build-a-Garden participants only.


Mattapan Library

Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00pm
1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

Advanced sign-up required.


East Boston

workshop will be offered in English and Spanish, specific details coming soon.


Note

If your raised bed was installed in summer or fall 2009, or you are getting one this spring, you can pick out 6 seedlings for free at any of these workshops.

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City Farm Fest 2010

welcome to city farm fest!
welcome to city farm fest!
City Farm Fest
Saturday, May 8, 2010
11:00am-2:30pm

West Cottage St & Brook Ave, Dorchester

compost distribution
compost distribution
Join us on our West Cottage farm to kick off spring! Bring along family, friends, neighbors. Enjoy great food and live music. Take advantage of our compost giveaway ($1/bag, free when you bring your own durable bags or containers, 5 bag limit). Buy transplants ($3/six-pack) and seeds for your garden--most varieties selected for high yield/ease of growing. Come early for best selection. Meet other participants and learn more about planting your raised bed by attending the workshop, offered twice (11:30am & 1:00pm). 

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Getting your Raised Bed Started

Editor's note: It's Build-a-Garden season again, and we're happy to share the first of several related posts from BaG coordinator Kathleen Banfield. We hope this is helpful to current and former participants in the Build-a-Garden program, or anyone else with a raised bed!

Read your Growing Guide

(or download a copy)

Five years ago, I had never tended a garden in my life. I was lucky if I kept a houseplant alive for more than a month. Farming overwhelmed me. When the The Food Project's Urban Learning Farm was built in 2007 and I was charged with the task of taking care of 22 raised beds, things looked bleak. Five years later, I'm hooked on growing my own food and found it surprisingly easy to learn. The Growing Guide was key to my success. I literally followed every word of it, and I encourage you all to do the same, especially if you're at the beginner level of square foot gardening!

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Locally sourced burgers!

Our friends at b.good, local purveyor of hamburgers and related foodstuffs, have some exciting news: the beef in their burgers will now come from local family farms!

b.good have been supporters of TFP for years and they have worked with our program participants to craft several tasty community lunches over the last few summers, so we're especially pleased and proud to see them take this step. And excited to have a taste!

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Eating school lunch every day

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chili
A friend of TFP recently passed on the URL to the facinating new blog FED UP WITH LUNCH: THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROJECT. "Mrs. Q", an anonymous teacher in a US school, eats the lunch from her cafeteria every day and writes a post about it, complete with a photo. In addition to the lunch profiles, recent posts have included a FAQ on the project and an open thread that's pulled in some interesting perspectives from other school lunches across the country. Well worth a vist if you'd like to see for yourself what American children are faced with on a daily basis.

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Tickets still available! Please join us at the symphony!

Jordan Hall
Jordan Hall
It’s not too late to purchase tickets to the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s benefit concert for The Food Project next Saturday, March 13 at Jordan Hall in Boston. Please join us for an evening of the music of Barber, Debussy and Ginastera, and a chance to celebrate and support The Food Project’s work. More information is available online at www.thefoodproject.org/lso, where tickets may also be purchased, or call 781-259-8621 x38. Please purchase your tickets today!

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The 2010 Winter Institute is a wrap

Our annual Winter Institute came and went last week. Following is Institute organizer Greg Gale's summary. If you were interested but couldn't make it this winter, it's not too early to start thinking about attending the Summer Institute, coming up August 4th - 6th.

13 eager souls participated in this year's Winter Institute. They came from as close as Boston and as far away as NJ, NYC, VT, and ME. Most of them are running existing programs and some were getting ready to start new ones. All of them shared a deep passion for engaging youth in sustainable food systems work.

Their favorite part, imagine, was being with TFP teens talking, building raised bed containers, sorting seeds and doing a social justice workshop that required them to scramble across the floor grabbing candy in the ‘Scramble for Wealth and Power’. In between these experiential moments, we did some powerful reflection and learning about the theory and practice that drives TFP work.

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Looking Back at TFP From College

Gabriella Spitzer, an intern this past summer in Roxbury, wrote us recently. Here's what she said about TFP's impact on her experience at college (reprinted with permission!)

I wanted to tell you again how grateful I am to The Food Project. I am now at Barnard College, and I use so much that I learned from The Food Project all the time. I can and do talk about all the different ways oppression hurts people in all kinds of contexts. I'm so glad I came to college with the framework for thinking about oppression that I learned at the Food Project. I'm thinking seriously about majoring in Environmental Policy, and that comes directly from the work I did at The Food Project. I volunteered at a preschool this past semester, and I will work at a different preschool this coming semester because I know that I can't spend four years only dedicated to me -- I need to serve my community always, no matter what else I am doing. Thank you. I came to college prepared in part because of The Food Project.

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The Earthquake in Haiti

As is true for so many in the Boston area, The Food Project's community has numerous ties to Haiti. We've been in touch with a number of our community members. Some have been lucky enough to talk to their friends and families in Haiti and know they're OK. Others are still waiting to hear news of the people they know.

If you'd like to help support those actively providing relief to the earthquake victims, Food First's giving guide is the best we've seen.

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