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note from TFP alumni Luis

Editor's note: we're happy to share (with permission of course!) the following note we received from TFP alum Luis Andino, who started in the Summer Youth Program way back in 2005.

Hello,

This may seems random but just emailing you to check in. Everything is going well here at Umass Dartmouth. I'm excited on my choice attending this school. So far I have a 106 average in bio, an A in precal, a B in english. The only class I'm struggling in is political science with a C, but I plan on improving in that. I work about 20 to max 25 hours a week. I am also going to apply to be an RA next semester to try to get involved in the school [...].

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Jesse and Omar on D.I.R.T.

Editor's note: this is the second blog entry from participants of this year's Academic Year Program (a.k.a. D.I.R.T.)

By Jesse Mishra & Omar Omar

I’m Omar Omar and I’m fifteen years old and I live in Dorchester.
I’m Jesse Mishra and I’m fifteen years old and I live in Newton.

We are both members of the 2009-2010 AYP/D.I.R.T. crew. Our D.I.R.T. Crew is a group of youth that participated in the Summer Youth Program and have continued working with The Food Project into the academic year. Both of us, have really enjoyed our experiences with D.I.R.T. so far. For Omar, working with D.I.R.T. has convinced him that he wants to give back to his community and work hard for the continued growth of his community.

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With a Hint of Cheese

D.I.R.T. (Dynamic Intelligent Responsible Teens)
D.I.R.T. (Dynamic Intelligent Responsible Teens)
Editor's note: the following is from Academic Year Program participant Sam DeRosa, and is the first in a series from youth program participants. Watch this space for more postings from AYP participants!

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In Memory of Henry Masters, 1984-2009

It is with great sadness that The Food Project shares the loss of a member of our community, Henry Masters.

As Henry's family writes:

"The thread that runs through Henry’s life—his leadership, purpose, mentoring, and capacity to effect change—is perhaps best expressed through his ten-year relationship with The Food Project, an organization fostering personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Henry started there at age 14 as a crew member, rising through the ranks of summer positions to Crew Leader, Roxbury Site Supervisor, and later, between college and graduate school, a year full-time as Youth Programs Coordinator, building programming and curricula that ensured a level playing field for young participants from all backgrounds in the Boston metropolitan area. The Food Project embodied Henry’s hopes and dreams for society, not to mention his enjoyment of good food—grown well, harvested and cooked lovingly, and distributed to those for whom a healthy diet was economically challenging. It was a practical way to accomplish change and see growth of both food and youth."

There are so many wonderful stories and memories to be shared about Henry. Please join us in sharing your story by sending it to [email protected]. These stories as well as photos and poems about him can be viewed by visiting his memorial website at www.rememberinghenry.com.

Please join The Food Project, along with all of Henry's family and friends, for a memorial service to remember Henry and celebrate his life. The service will be held at 2 p.m. on December 12th, at the Arlington Street Church, in Boston. The church is located at 351 Boylston St., right on the corner of Arlington and Boylston streets. It is directly across from the Boston Public Garden.
 

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Please Help Us Win $10,000!

The Food Project is one of six food-related charities in the running for a $10,000 prize! Because this would really help us out, here's how you can participate:

Please go to http://www.thehungersite.com. Click on the button that says "click to give." Scroll down the page that comes up until you see "Hunger Charity Poll -- Help Us Decide!" and then vote for us. After you've voted, we'd really appreciate it if you could spread the word. Send emails to your friends and family, put this on your facebook page, be creative!

$10,000 would go a long way towards helping us pay our bills and continue to do the work that you value. The prize will be announced on 11/30, so we don't have much time. Please spread the word and VOTE!!!

UPDATE -- Thanks to your help, TFP was one of the top three and will receive a $10,000 grant.

 

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Fall Build-a-Garden Update

 

working raised beds
working raised beds
Even as the days grow dark, our Build-a-Garden initiative forges ahead! Entering its fourth year, our youth have begun to install 200 raised beds that will provide backyard gardens for residents of Boston and Lynn next summer. But the season can’t end without sharing reflections from this year’s garden recipients.

 

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Build-a-Garden Hits the Front Page!

Last week the front page of the Boston Globe featured Boston Mayor
Thomas Menino checking out one of our Build-a-Garden raised beds at
the Thomas Edison School in Brighton! If you want to take part in the
program this year, just send in an application.

Globe Cover
Globe Cover

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Food choices panel to focus on local options

Next Tuesday, the On Your Feet Project is hosting round two of their Speaker Series at Suffolk University Law School.  Learn about local and sustainable cooking and eating choices just in time for the season of over eating. This panel of local growers, purveyors and eaters will offer up some great food for thought.


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An Oasis Grows in Lynn, MA

This year, in collaboration with Oasis Development and a great cast of volunteers, The Food Project has started up a new plot of land in Lynn. It's on Munroe Street, right by our North Shore office and directly across from the Lynn commuter rail station. Here's a slideshow of the plot's progression from grassy field to working farm:

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Charity event to benefit TFP - Nov. 19th

On Thursday, November 19th, The Living Room will be going “All-In” for a good cause! The waterfront restaurant, bar, and lounge will be partnering with Boston Charity Poker to host a charity poker tournament benefiting The Food Project.

The Living Room’s back dining room will be transformed into a five-table casino room for the Texas Hold’em Style Poker Tournament. Players will place their best bets to reach the final table, giving them a chance to win Celtics Tickets, Bruins and Red Sox Memorabilia, and hundreds of dollars in gift certificates.

Tickets are $100, and can be purchased on location at The Living Room or
by phone at (617) 723-5101. This event is limited to 50 players.

The tournament will begin at 7pm, and last until all the cards have been laid on the table. Players will enjoy cocktail service and free passed appetizers, provided by The Living Room.

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