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West Cottage Farm Hosts Mayor Menino

Mayor Tom Menino with TFP Executive Director Selvin Chambers, TFP alumna '94 and staffer Jess Liborio, TFP alumna '99 and Co-Founder of Fresh Food Generation Cassandria Campbell, and TFP Board of Trustees Chair Dylan Sanders. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Mayor.
Mayor Tom Menino with TFP Executive Director Selvin Chambers, TFP alumna '94 and staffer Jess Liborio, TFP alumna '99 and Co-Founder of Fresh Food Generation Cassandria Campbell, and TFP Board of Trustees Chair Dylan Sanders. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Mayor.

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Youth Speak: A Dream, a Pledge

 

Throughout our summertime Farm Lunch series, our interns are given a chance to speak about their experiences at The Food Project, their communities, their dreams, and the change they are effecting in their own lives and the lives of others. On Monday, July 22, Boston intern Keyara Gethers spoke at the second lunch of the summer series. Keyara is a first-time intern in the summer of 2013, having been a Summer Youth Program worker last summer and a member of DIRT crew in the 2012-2013 academic year.

A natural public speaker, Keyara entertained participant workers of our Summer Youth Program, staff, donors and supporters, and friends with a humorous speech on her dreams to become a chef and her pledge to no longer consume any fast food — except Popeyes!

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Boston Interns See Gardening Results


Over the course of the growing season, The Food Project staff member Allison Daminger, along with our Boston interns, will be blogging about their experiences tending two 4 ft. x 8 ft. raised-bed gardens located on The Food Project's farm in Dorchester. Although Allison and the youth have learned a lot through osmosis—when you work for The Food Project, it's hard not to pick up at least the basics of growing food!—watching and assisting others is quite different from having one's own garden. We hope that reading about their mistakes and successes over the course of the growing season will encourage other aspiring gardeners to dive in with a little less fear!

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A West Cottage Garden Sprouts

 


Over the course of the growing season, The Food Project staff member Allison Daminger, along with our Boston interns, will be blogging about their experiences tending two 4 ft. x 8 ft. raised bed gardens located on The Food Project's farm in Dorchester. Although Allison and the youth have learned a lot through osmosis—when you work for The Food Project, it's hard not to pick up at least the basics of growing food!—watching and assisting others is quite different from having one's own garden. We hope that reading about their mistakes and successes over the course of the growing season will encourage other aspiring gardeners to dive in with a little less fear!

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Lynn Farmers Market Is Open!

Youth Sell Produce at the Market
Youth Sell Produce at the Market
The Food Project is excited to announce that our Lynn Central Square farmers market is open for the season! The Lynn market will run on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the corner of Union Street and Exchange Street through October 31. 

Each week, teens from The Food Project's Summer Youth Program and Internship Program sell freshly-harvested vegetables, fruits, and herbs at the Lynn market. This week's bounty includes lettuce, cucumbers, summer squash, green beans, garlic, calaloo, radishes, turnips, cabbage, onions, carrots, beets, fennel, leeks, scallions, basil, cilantro, dill, and more!

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New Workshops: Gardening, Canning, & More!


The Food Project is pleased to announce our summer "Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well" workshop series! We're starting off the summer with our "Planning and Planting Basics" workshop. This beginner and intermediate gardening workshop, held at the Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury, will introduce you to techniques for growing in raised bed gardens and other small spaces. Participants will learn the square-foot method and create a garden map of their own raised bed.

On August 13th, we'll introduce our "Canning Basics" workshop. In this class, held at our kitchen in Dorchester, you will learn to preserve the declicious bounty from your garden. Participants will learn about canning equipment and safety and try out a few new recipes.

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A Garden at West Cottage: Planning

A Handful of Seeds
A Handful of Seeds
Over the course of the growing season, TFP staff member Allison Daminger, along with our Boston interns, will be blogging about their experiences tending two 4 ft x 8 ft raised bed gardens located on The Food Project's farm in Dorchester. Although Allison and the youth have learned a lot through osmosis - when you work for The Food Project, it's hard not to pick up at least the basics of growing food! - watching and assisting others is quite different from having one's own garden. We hope that reading about their mistakes and successes over the course of the growing season will encourage other aspiring gardeners to dive in with a little less fear!

 

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Seeking Projects for the Dudley Greenhouse

Gardener Fulani Haynes Teaching in the Greenhouse
Gardener Fulani Haynes Teaching in the Greenhouse
The Dudley Greenhouse opened its doors in 2011 as a community green space and, during the past two and a half years, has served many residents and community groups.

The greenhouse provides space for food production as well as workshops, activities, and other programming that support residents in growing food and sharing cultures and resources. For this upcoming year, we invite proposals from groups and individuals to once again use and share this wonderful community resource.

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Meet the Crew Leaders: Keely Curliss


Nineteen-year-old Keely Curliss first worked with The Food Project as a crew worker in the North Shore Summer Youth Program in 2008. After that, she spent the next four years exploring different roles in TFP's youth programs. She was a member of DIRT Crew and an assistant crew leader for DIRT Crew, and held multiple academic year and summer internships. In addition, Keely served as a youth member of TFP's board of trustees for two years.

Keely just returned to her hometown of Cambridge, Mass., after spending a year serving as a City Year corps member in Baton Rouge, La. After a long year away, Keely will be returning this summer as a crew leader in The Food Project's Greater Boston Summer Youth Program.

 

What was your experience like as a youth in The Food Project's programs?

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Open the Season with The Food Project!


Open the season with The Food Project!
Join The Food Project's staff, youth, and supporters in Copley Square on July 5th for a celebration of the beginning of our summer youth programs.

July marks the start of our twenty-second Summer Youth Program, and we are excited to celebrate! This summer, The Food Project will engage over 120 youth in our youth programs. Our teenagers will grow food on our urban and suburban farms, distribute food at hunger relief organizations, run farmers markets, participate in and facilitate a wide variety of workshops, and more. 

All are invited to join us for Opening Day! We will rally in celebration of the beginning of the summer. Speakers will include Food Project youth; Greg Watson, MA Commissioner of Agriculture; Edith Murnane, Boston Director of Food Initiatives; and Selvin Chambers, Executive Director of The Food Project.

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