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A Garden at West Cottage: Planning

A Handful of Seeds
A Handful of Seeds
Over the course of the growing season, TFP 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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Seeking Projects for the Dudley Greenhouse

Gardener Fulani Haynes Teaching in the Greenhouse
Gardener Fulani Haynes Teaching in the Greenhouse
The Dudley Greenhouse opened its doors in 2011 as a community green space and, during the past two and a half years, has served many residents and community groups.

The greenhouse provides space for food production as well as workshops, activities, and other programming that support residents in growing food and sharing cultures and resources. For this upcoming year, we invite proposals from groups and individuals to once again use and share this wonderful community resource.

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Jazz Under Glass: A Greenhouse Celebration

Ready for a Celebration
Ready for a Celebration
As seedlings from the Dudley Greenhouse's community bay make their way to backyards and community gardens across the city, we are sweeping up, rolling out tablecloths, and preparing for a celebratory evening of music, plants, food, and community. On Sunday, June 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee, The Food Project, and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative invite you to join us to celebrate the accomplishments from this past year and to toast to the future of our community greenhouse.

Come enjoy garden-inspired dishes prepared by local chefs and gardeners. Experience some of the gardening, cooking, and food system activities that have been taking place over the course of the past year. Take in the jungle of greenhouse tomatoes that will be just starting to ripen. Meanwhile, enjoy beautiful jazz music provided by Fulani Haynes and The Jazz Collaborative.

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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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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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EVENT POSTPONED: Jazz Under Glass


   Due to a forecasted winter storm, this event has been postponed.   
  Please check back soon for details about the new date and exciting additions to the program!   

 

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A Campaign to Build School Gardens

Alex with an Ingalls School Kindergarten Class
Alex with an Ingalls School Kindergarten Class
FoodCorps service member Alex Freedman probably never thought that his year of service would include selling socks and underwear. Alex serves with CitySprouts at the school gardens at Ford and Ingalls Elementary Schools in Lynn, Mass. To raise money for his gardens, Alex has partnered with the WholeKids Foundation, Indiegogo, and PACT organic clothing to develop a crowdfunding campaign. Over the next few weeks, Alex hopes to raise $2500 to support construction and expansion of the school gardens and Ford and Ingalls. Donors to his campaign, run through Indiegogo, receive socks or underwear specially designed by PACT organic clothing company.

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Leading Youth, Connecting Communities

Briana before a build day.
Briana before a build day.
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 fourth of a series of blogs profiling the FoodCorps members who are serving at The Food Project during the 2012-13 school year.

 

As a young child, stomach problems and other food sensitivities forced FoodCorps service member Briana Iacovetta to think frequently about what was in her food and how it affected her body. Over the years of reading ingredient labels and shopping at health food stores, she cultivated a strong interest in food and health. Now, Briana serves as a FoodCorps service member with The Food Project in Lynn, Mass.

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Dudley Greenhouse Seeks Seedling Proposals

Lettuce and Collard Seedlings
Lettuce and Collard Seedlings
Though the weather is still getting chillier and chillier, here at The Food Project we are already dreaming of spring. In just a few short months, the Dudley Greenhouse will be a jungle of seedlings destined for our farms, neighbors' gardens, and community gardens around Boston. Benches that are currently lying flat on our radiant-heated floor and growing various winter lettuce crops will be boosted up onto cement blocks and filled with trays of baby tomatoes, peppers, beets, kale, and many other crops that will eventually make their way outside.

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Dumplings with Your Neighbor

Susan Prepares Garlic Eggplant
Susan Prepares Garlic Eggplant
This blog was written by TFP Community Programs Associate Allison Daminger about the first installment in our "Cooking with Your Neighbor" workshop series this winter.

 

A small group huddles around a pot of boiling water in The Food Project's kitchen in Dorchester. "How will we know they're done?" asks one woman. The answer comes from across the room, where Shuyun (Susan) Zheng is busy slicing a head of Napa cabbage: "They're done when they float!" she calls.

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