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Gala 2013: Will Allen on youth, food, and sustainability


Last week, MacArthur “Geniur” grantee and preeminent urban farmer Will Allen was in Boston to receive The Food Project’s first Leadership Award. Allen, who is the founder and president of Growing Power in Milwaukee and Chicago, also toured The Food Project’s youth development and urban farming programs in the Dudley neighborhood of Boston.

Inevitably, questions and conversation turned to the beauty of soil and compost and the need to build a future where every community has access to fresh, healthy food grown on local farms.

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2nd Annual Gala Featured in The Boston Globe


On Tuesday, September 10, we held our 2nd Annual Gala - Celebrate the Harvest at the WGBH Studios. The event, which featured several youth speakers and a raffle and auction, honored Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, as the first recipent of The Food Project Leadership Award. Here is what The Boston Globe's Lifestyle section had to say on the night: 

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Raised-bed Gardening: Trials and Satisfaction


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! Here, Allison reflects on what's working, and what's gone wrong!

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The Summer Youth Program Finale

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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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