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Upcoming: Lincoln Seedling Sale

Tomato Seedlings
Tomato Seedlings
Dreaming of fresh basil and green beans? Plant a garden this spring! The Food Project will be holding a seedling sale at our Lincoln farm on Memorial Day weekend. The sale will run from Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

We'll be selling over 60 varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, including 21 varieties of tomatoes. Click here to see a list of varieties that will be for sale.

Join us under the big, white tent on the farm to get gardening tips from our farmers and meet some of our amazing youth who grow food on our farms and in their own gardens.

 

For more information, check out our plant sale web page or email [email protected].

 

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 - Monday, May 27, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. each day, rain or shine

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Upcoming: Lynn Farm Fest!


The Food Project would like to invite you to Lynn Farm Fest 2013! Join us for a celebration of spring on the North Shore!

On Saturday, May 18, we will be holding a plant, compost, and garden supplies sale at the Munroe Street Farm in downtown Lynn. We'll also have children's activities, food, and more. Bring the whole family to enjoy this day of fun with The Food Project!

 

WHAT: Lynn Farm Fest

WHERE: Munroe Street Farm, 120 Munroe Street, Lynn, MA

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

We will also be holding a City Farm Fest in Boston on Saturday, May 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information about our spring celebration and plant sale in Boston. 

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Give a Teen a Job This Summer...


In just 11 short weeks, The Food Project's farms will be teeming with activity as we begin our twenty-second Summer Youth Program. For six and a half weeks, over 120 youth from around Greater Boston and the North Shore will grow healthy food, meet a diverse group of teens, serve food at soup kitchens and food pantries, and experience workshops on topics from money management to sustainable agriculture. 

In order to make this program run successfully, we need to raise $50,000 to support youth stipends. This program is more than just a first job for our youth; in fact, it has been called "the best first job EVER." Thus, we are excited to announce the launch of the "Best First Job EVER Challenge," a double-your-dollar fundraising campain.

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Afternoons in the Garden

Leah with Students in the Garden
Leah with Students in the Garden
In August, The Food Project embarked on its second year as the Massachusetts host site for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit organization that works with schools to create a healthier school food environment. What follows is the fifth of a series of blogs profiling the FoodCorps members who are serving at The Food Project during the 2012-13 school year.

 

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Upcoming: City Farm Fest!


The Food Project is pleased to announce City Farm Fest, a celebration of the beginning of spring and the start of the growing season! Please join us on Saturday, May 11 at the Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury for seedling, compost, and garden materials sales; soil testing and consultations; children's activities; and more. Enjoy fun and friends at the Dudley Greenhouse, get advice and materials for your garden, and enjoy some tasty food from one of Boston's finest food trucks. We will be accepting cash, credit, and debit for all sales and EBT for seedling sales.

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CSA Fair This Wednesday

Lincoln On-Farm CSA
Lincoln On-Farm CSA
This Wednesday, The Food Project will be attending Harvest Co-op's CSA Fair along with seven other local farms. Come by to meet our new CSA Manager, Emily Griffith, sample a honey stick, and sign up for a 2013 farm share from The Food Project. 

The Food Project offers on-farm CSA (community supported agriculture) shares at our farms in Lincoln, Lynn, and Beverly, Mass. In addition, we have box share drop-off sites in Arlington, Brookline, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Lincoln, Roxbury, Somerville and Wellesley. For more information, please visit our CSA web page or call us at 781-259-8621 x20.

 

WHAT: Harvest Co-op's CSA Fair

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Farm Share Fair This Thursday

Youth Harvesting Watermelons
Youth Harvesting Watermelons
This Thursday, The Food Project will be attending the Farm Share Fair! Come by to meet our new CSA Manager, Emily Griffith, taste some delicious honey sticks, and sign up for a 2013 farm share from The Food Project. 

The Farm Share Fair is an annual event that allows consumers to learn how to purchase fresh produce as part of a CSA, or farm share, from farms around Massachusetts. At this year's Farm Share Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to meet more than 20 farmers, learn about their programs, and even sign up for a share. The Farm Share Fair is organized by theMOVE, a local organization that brings youth and adults from Boston's urban areas to farms in the region to learn about where our food comes from.

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Talking About Social Justice

Eli Leading a Tour
Eli Leading a Tour
The following blog was written by Food Project intern Eli Gurvitch. Eli is 17 years old and lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass. He participated in The Food Project's Summer Youth Program in 2010 and has been an intern since the fall of 2011. 

 

Hi! My name is Eli Gurvitch. Not to be confused with the other Food Project intern who posted on this bog, Eli Shanks. He's the one who bakes bread and plays harmonica. I'm the one who has an online radio show and plays guitar. I'm 17 from Jamaica Plain and I started working at The Food Project in 2010.

I have learned many things at The Food Project. I've worked on farmland; led workshops on the food system, food justice and social justice; and interacted with community members at the farmers' market and different TFP events. I have also met and learned how to work with lots of great people, both youth and adults, and formed awesome friendships.

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Lessons from a Lengthy Commute

Lucas
Lucas
The following blog was written by Food Project intern Lucas Munson. Lucas is 17 years old and lives in Arlington, Mass. He participated in The Food Project's Summer Youth Program in 2011 and in the Academic Year Program during the following school year. Currently, Lucas is an academic year intern.

 

Hey, my name is Lucas Munson, and I've been with The Food Project since the summer of 2011. What I have found most fascinating about The Food Project (TFP) is how it creates such a powerful network in such a large area. The Food Project helps each youth, myself included, develop a far greater understanding of what really is Boston. Whether a youth is from Boston, the suburbs, or the North shore, they are required to travel to a different part of the metro area for work. For me, this meant venturing to the heart of Roxbury.

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Developing Leadership at TFP and Beyond

Kenny (top, left) as an Assistant Crew Leader
Kenny (top, left) as an Assistant Crew Leader
The following blog was written by Food Project intern Kenny Lopez. Kenny is 18 years old and lives in Boston, Mass. He participated in The Food Project's Summer Youth Program in 2010. He participated in the Academic Year Program in 2010-11; worked as a summer intern in 2011; and served as an assistant crew leader both for the Academic Year Program in 2011-12 and for the Summer Youth Program in 2012. Currently, Kenny is an academic year intern. 

 

My name is Kenny Lopez. I am 18 years old and I currently live in Boston. I have been working here at The Food Project since summer of 2010.

Throughout my journey here at The Food Project, I have met some amazing people that have and are still changing my life. Before The Food Project I struggled with my confidence and even my capabilities as a person. Being here has helped me realize that as a youth I am capable of change, and now I feel confidence in myself.

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