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Where do we go from here?

A message from The Food Project's Acting Executive Director J. Harrison in light of last night's decision from the Ferguson Grand Jury.

Over the coming days, weeks, and months, The Food Project community will wrestle with the same questions we will continue to face as a country:  Where do we go from here? How do we address inequity and racism? How do we build enough shared understanding across difference to be able to move forward together? What is the right work?

These questions are daunting in this time of hurt and anger, and we have to believe that the work we do together at The Food Project is part of the right work. 

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"Massachusetts Grown and Growing"

It's a good time for New England agriculture. While the number of farms declines nationally—95,000 fewer farms exist in the U.S. in 2013 than in 2007—New England farms have seen a 5 percent growth over that same time period, according to USDA census data described by the Associated Press. Many of these new farms are less than 50 acres large.

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Remembering Mayor Menino

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Thomas M. Menino, who was a great champion and friend of our work in the city of Boston. Thank you, Mayor Menino, for all that you did for Boston. We send our deepest condolences to the Menino family. 

Thomas M. Menino pictured here at a Farm Lunch, which he attended every year. (Summer 2013)

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Important News from The Food Project

James Harrison
James Harrison
James (J.) Harrison, current North Shore Regional Director for The Food Project and ten-year veteran of the organization, will step in for Executive Director, Selvin Chambers, who has taken a role with The Trustees of Reservations. J. begins his tenure as the Acting Executive Director of The Food Project on October 6.

“After ten years at The Food Project, I am still continually amazed by the transformations that happen here on a daily basis. Young people from across the divides of race, class, gender, and geography come to The Food Project not sure of how they fit into the world, and emerge as strong, confident leaders and agents of change,” J. said. “The Food Project is a place of growth, transformation, and hope, and it is such an honor to serve as the Acting Executive Director.”

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Rooted in Community Conference 2014

By Julia F., 17, North Hamilton, North Shore Root Crew

Root Crew member Julia
Root Crew member Julia
In mid July, I had the opportunity to represent The Food Project at the Rooted in Community conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This experience was life changing for me. The conference was based around food justice and issues with our food system globally. Youth programs from all across the country came to participate in this conference; there were people from Florida, North Carolina, Washington, Maine, Texas, California and more. At the conference, there were a variety of youth led workshops that revolved around food justice along with field trips out into the community. These field trips allowed the youth to experience the different culture of the area, as well as the different farming techniques. It was eye opening to see farming in such a different climate and terrain.

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#SeedCrew and the Summer So Far!

Seed Crew kicked off on June 30 and we have only two and a half weeks left to go! See the summer's story in pictures below, or check out our #SeedCrew page to hear more from Assistant Crew Leaders Jackson, Jeasebelle, and Debbie.

A big thank you to Boylston Properties and Osprey Foundation for being our first-ever Seed Crew sponsors!

 

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What Do You Like to Eat?

By Sutton Kiplinger, Greater Boston Regional Director, The Food Project


The Dudley neighborhood, where The Food Project manages a 2-acre urban farm and a community greenhouse, has just begun an exciting community planning process around its food system. Over the next eight months, the Dudley Real Food Hub – a collaboration between The Food Project, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and Alternatives for Community & Environment – will lead a series of activities designed to surface residents’ priorities around food in the neighborhood and then develop action steps based on them.

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2nd Annual “Jazz Under Glass” is About Community

On Sunday, June 8, in the heart of Boston, the Dudley Greenhouse hummed and swayed to the sounds of a community that’s alive.


It was “Jazz Under Glass,” a fundraiser and community celebration in its second year at the Greenhouse. Upfront, the Fulani Hayes & The Jazz Collaborative played. In the back, hothouse tomatoes reached six feet high. Young children under the age of 10 were everywhere, and a few of them had walked to the Greenhouse on their own.

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This spring, a week with our volunteers


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Every Day is Earth Day


North Shore Urban Agriculture Manager Robyn Burns writes about what land stewardship means to her.

This Tuesday, April 22, organizations everywhere will honor Earth Day. The Food Project will lead volunteer groups on our urban farms, and work together to cultivate and tend urban land previously been left vacant—just like we do throughout the growing season.

As The Food Project’s North Shore Urban Agriculture Manager, I take my role as a steward of the land seriously and believe that growing food in the city benefits our communities in a number of ways.

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