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An ABCD TV Appearance!


On Friday, October 11, The Food Project Executive Director Selvin Chambers and The Food Project Intern Baie Rogers appeared on the Boston Neighborhood Network of ABCD-TV. As part of the "Community Taking Action" programming, Chambers and Rogers spoke on our youth programs, touching on The Food Project's core ideas of building leaders, increasing food access, and creating a safe place in which youth feel they can address issues of inequality and social justice. Rogers is from Marblehead, MA and joined The Food Project in the 2011 Summer Youth Program and is now in her third season. She also spoke on the subject of "Food" at our 2nd Annual Gala on September 10. To hear more, watch the video below!

 

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Digesting a youth food summit


From October 6 to October 8, 2013, The Food Project intern Phillip Nguyen traveled with North Shore Programs and Community Outreach Manager John Wong to the three-day youth summit, Diversifying the Future of Food. Here is what Phil would like to share with you from his trip.  

My trip out to Missoula, Montana was amazing. Before heading out to the Diversifying the Future of Food Youth Summit, I had no idea what to expect, nor did I know where Montana even was. From the very first hour after arriving, I learned about the sustainable practices that the University of Montana has been putting into practice, including using food from their own campus garden and working towards having only local foods in their cafeteria.

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Gala 2013: Talking about Food


At our 2nd Annual Gala - Celebrate the Harvest on September 10, 2013, three interns presented a dynamic speaking series highlighting their personal encounters with youth, food, and community, the three intersection points of The Food Project's triangular mission. Over the course of the coming week, we will be posting transcripts of their speeches, along with a live video recording that might include some deviations from the planned script. 

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Gala 2013: Talking about Youth


At our 2nd Annual Gala - Celebrate the Harvest on September 10, 2013, three interns presented a dynamic speaking series highlighting their personal encounters with youth, food, and community, the three intersection points of The Food Project's triangular mission. Over the course of the coming week, we will be posting transcripts of their speeches, along with a live video recording that might include some deviations from the planned script. 

 

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Gala 2013 - Talking about Community


At our 2nd Annual Gala - Celebrate the Harvest on September 10, 2013, three interns presented a dynamic speaking series highlighting their personal encounters with youth, food, and community, the three intersection points of The Food Project's triangular mission. Over the course of the coming week, we will be posting transcripts of their speeches, along with a live video recording that might include some deviations from the planned script. 

 

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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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