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HOMEGROWN screening in Belmont - Oct 5

Attention Locavores and Film Fans!

On Monday, October 5th at 7:00 PM Belmont World Film will present an evening of films about sustainable food at the Studio Cinema in Belmont (376 Trapelo Road). The evening’s headline film, HOMEGROWN, features the Dervaes family, who turned their 1/5 of an acre yard (front and back) in urban Pasadena, CA into a farm producing 6000 pounds of produce a year. Family patriarch Jules Dervaes will speak after the film via satellite. The evening’s other films include HOT BREAD KITCHEN and VIVE LA FOOD.

You may have seen the Dervaes family on Oprah, CBS News, and elsewhere demonstrating their innovative and uncompromising homesteading methods. They even make their own biodiesel, grind their own flour using pedal power, and produce 80% of what they eat.
 

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North Shore CSA newsletter

News from the farm

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listening
 This month marks a transition to the Academic Year Season when the youth in our programs return to school, and we welcome hundreds of volunteers to the land to assist with harvests, planting, weeding, and closing the farms for winter. Many youth at The Food Project continue working and learning with us throughout the school-year as participants in our "DIRT" Crew, or as Interns. The DIRT Crew and Intern Program are the 2nd and 3rd levels, respectively, of our three-tiered youth development system that takes youth through the high school years.

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This week at our Boston Farmers' Markets

Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
intersection of Blue Hill Ave and Dudley Street
Tuesday and Thursdays 3-7pm

Bowdoin Street Health Center Farmers Market
230 Bowdoin St, Dorchester
Thursdays 2:30-6:30pm

Boston Medical Center Farmers Market!
Main Lobby, Massachusetts Ave.
Fridays 11am-2pm

This Week

We'll have: Green Tomatoes, Big Beef Tomatoes, Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes, Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Red and Yellow Onions, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Beets, Carrots, Summer Squash, Scallions, Collard Greens, Kale, Salad Mix, Lettuce, Basil, Cilantro, and Apples

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Interns in Action: Jamila's RIC experience

Here's an account from TFP intern Jamila Kibirige on her experience participating in last month's Rooted In Community conference:

On July 28, 2009 I had the privilege to attend the RIC conference that took place in Portland, Maine. There were three organizations that were in charge of the conference: The Food Project, Lots to Garden and Cultivating Community.

The role that I played was to lead the opening ceremony where we talked about safe space and I was in charge of a group of different people from all over the country in making up rules for the conference so that they can all feel free to share.

The conference was 5 days long and we had a lot of different activities to do. After we arrived that Wednesday we met the different groups and had the opening ceremony. The next three days we had the opportunity to do some fieldwork on the gardens of the three planning organizations. We got to ride bicycles and it was fun because it was a lot of people on bicycles throughout the city. We had a lot of different workshops too.

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Starbucks video highlights Food Project youth and farms

The Food Project and Starbucks recently teamed up to produce a video highlighting our youth and farms. Thanks to their continued partnership, we're proud to share this beautiful piece. You can see it at starbucks.com or here:

Starbucks supports The Food Project with funding for our youth programs and recruiting volunteers to help on our farms throughout the year.

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Cambridge Urban Ag. Fair - September 20

Next week, the Cambridge Square Business Association is hosting their First Annual Urban-Ag fair. It's being held on the very historic site of the first marketplace in Newtowne (1630's). The 2009 Urban-Ag fair will bring to market some of the most incredible locally grown fruits and vegetables ever seen. Prizes will be awarded for the tastiest, the biggest, the most interesting, and in some cases the ugliest fruits, veggies, baked goods, honey, flowers, preserves, pickles and eggs!

Cooking demonstrations from local chefs, gardeners, and "Cambridge School student-growers" will be held throughout the day. Come to sample recipes and/or to stock up on the bounty of the harvest from our local farmers markets, get tips from local experts on composting, community gardening, rain barrels, and bee-keeping! All events are free, open to the public and family-friendly. Kids are encouraged to enter to win Student Prizes in every category!

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

In the Share

Onions
Onions
 Salad mix/spicy salad mix
Onions
Kale or Cabbage
Melon
Lettuce/Escarole
Garlic
Mix n' Match: Scallions, basil, fennel, Hakurei turnips, summer squash, cukes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, hot pepper
U-Pick: Edamame, herbs, raspberries, flowers, green tomatoes

News from the farm

First week of school! Want to know what to pack for your school lunches? We'll take a look at our lunch ingredients in the fields. It's looking good for those sandwich standbys such as lettuce, spicy greens, and complimentary crunchy root crops like hakurei turnips, radishes, and carrots. Cucumbers have just started kicking, so throw them in those sandwiches while they last! Your salad has no need to fear, especially if you don't mind getting adventurous and chopping up some kale finely or throwing in a little extra spicy green now and then.

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North Shore CSA newsletter

News from the farm

cabbages
cabbages
 This has been a great week on the farm. With our spading machine back in business after a couple weeks in the shop and a string of beautiful sunny days, we have been able to finish preparing the final beds of the season for planting. With a little help from the weather, we will plant our last seedlings from the greenhouse into these beds this week. This marks an important transition in the farm season: all the months of crop planning and planting have come to an end, and now we harvest and hope for a long, warm fall…..

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This week at our Boston Farmers' Markets

Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
intersection of Blue Hill Ave and Dudley Street
Tuesday and Thursdays 3-7pm

Bowdoin Street Health Center Farmers Market
230 Bowdoin St, Dorchester
Thursdays 2:30-6:30pm

Boston Medical Center Farmers Market!
Main Lobby, Massachusetts Ave.
Fridays 11am-2pm

This Week

We'll have: Kale, Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Big Beef Tomatoes, Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes, Red and Yellow Onions, Green Beans, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Beets, Carrots, Summer Squash, Scallions, Collard Greens, Salad Mix, Lettuce, Basil, Apples, and Pears

Volunteer days are Tuesdays, Thursdays (starting this week) and Saturdays (starting September 12) from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm through October 31st. Every Tuesday and Thursday, we'll be harvesting the produce that goes to market. On Saturdays, volunteers are led in doing field work by the awesome young people in the Academic Year Program. Come meet them!

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Labor Day Eat-In on Boston Common

If you run in the local food crowd, you've probably heard about the Labor Day Eat-Ins happening this Monday. If not, a brief summary:

The Childhood Nutrition Act, which is responsible for the budgeting and implementation of public school lunches, is coming up for reauthorization this fall. A nation wide effort is being made to allocate more funds towards the cafeteria budget, and increase the quantity of healthy local foods available to school children. Currently, there are over 280 such eat-ins planned for this Labor Day. As an event organizer with the Boston Localvores, we're organizing one such Eat-In at the Boston Common, by the Gazebo, from 12pm-2:30pm this Monday, September 7th. There will be petitions to sign, information to read, and literature available for those who want to become more active in guaranteeing healthy, local food for school children. 

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