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Giving Common Challenge Starts Soon!


On Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11, The Food Project will be participating in The Boston Foundation's Giving Common Challenge. The Giving Common Challenge is a 36-hour online event to drive donations to participating nonprofits. From 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Food Project supporters can donate to us through our profile on the Giving Common website. In addition to the donations collected, The Boston Foundation is offering $150,000 in prizes to participating organizations for various accomplishments, such as most money donated during particular time slots or the highest number of unique donors. Please check out our Giving Common profile and help us win some prizes! Gifts of any size are appreciated - from $25 to $5,000!

 

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Spotlight on Our Impressive Interns

Emil Leads a Neighborhood Tour
Emil Leads a Neighborhood Tour
For the past several weeks, while the Summer Youth Program participants were learning for the first time about The Food Project, 34 carefully selected teenagers from our pool of experienced youth took part in TFP's Summer Internship Program. Interns represent the most experienced youth staff at The Food Project. In the summer months, they learn in-depth skills in various aspects of TFP's programming, take initiative in leading activities and workshops for TFP youth and community members, and serve as role models for the youth in the Summer Youth Program. This summer, they did some pretty awesome and productive work.

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A Stupendous Summer of Youth and Food

2012 Greater Boston SYP Participants
2012 Greater Boston SYP Participants
With Labor Day right around the corner, we'd like to take a look back at the excellent summer of 2012. Summer is arguably the most exciting time at The Food Project. Our flagship Summer Youth Program is in full swing for seven weeks during July and August, and our youth interns are hard at work both on the farms and in our communities throughout the summer months. The farms are in full bloom; our farmers' markets and community-supported agriculture programs are going strong; and backyard gardens around the greater Boston area are turning out delicious vegetables, delectable herbs, and delightful flowers.

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Images of Spring at TFP

Over the past several months, Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow Chris Fowler has been photographing the happenings at The Food Project all over greater Boston and the North Shore. Here are a few images from Chris's camera that ilustrate late winter and spring at The Food Project. 

 


January - Local gardener Maria Barros leads friends and neigbhors in a Cape Verdean cooking class at The Food Project's Dudley Street office.

 


February - Community Food Associate Jennie Msall gardens with refugees and clinicians from the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) on a sunny winter afternoon in their raised beds in the Dudley Greenhouse.

 

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Scenes from Thanksgiving Farmers' Market

DIRT Assistant Crew Leader Anna leads neighborhood children in drawing activity.
DIRT Assistant Crew Leader Anna leads neighborhood children in drawing activity.
The Food Project’s November Market took place in our Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury on Tuesday, November 22. From 4 to 7 p.m., friends and neighbors came to the greenhouse to buy a variety of root vegetables and greens to enrich their Thanksgiving dinners and to store away for colder days.

Along with the last field vegetables of the year, TFP youth handed out samples of their own Butternut squash soup with croutons, prepared specially for the event. While adults shopped for vegetables, other TFP youth interns led children in special activities around the greenhouse, such as a vegetable scavenger hunt, a potato digging bonanza, herb taste testing, and a lively game of pin the tail feather on the turkey.

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Community Welcomes Return of Dudley Market

The following blog was written by Megan Gallagher, TFP's summer communications intern. A rising junior at Boston University, Megan has also been helping out at our Dudley Farmers' Market. The market is open every Tuesday and Thursday , 3 - 7 p.m., until October 27.

The scene is lively at the Dudley Farmers' Market!
The scene is lively at the Dudley Farmers' Market!
Our big blue van pulled up to Dudley Town Common and I didn’t see a farmers’ market. I had envisioned several venders, each selling a variety of products but upon our arrival I realized that we, exclusively, would be today’s farmers' market.

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Mayor, Big Baby Kick off Bounty Bucks

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Celtics star Glen “Big Baby” Davis helped get the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season underway at a noontime press conference held Monday, June 27, at the City Hall Plaza Farmers’ Market. Joining the mayor and Davis were Food Project Executive Director Margaret Williams, Youth Intern Phil Nguyen, Boston Public Market Association President Don Weist, and Scott Soares, Commissioner of Agriculture, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).

Intern Phil Nguyen addresses press conference kicking off the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season.
Intern Phil Nguyen addresses press conference kicking off the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season.

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Request for Proposals from Boston Partners

Following a successful pilot program last summer, The Food Project is excited to release a call for proposals for our 2011 Farm Fresh Coupon Program. Through this effort, we will partner with other Boston agencies to promote the consumption of fresh, healthy, local, affordable food with coupons that are redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. The distribution of these coupons will be paired with partner agencies' existing health-related activities to create a holistic approach to health, nutrition and well-being in underserved communities.

The Food Project is requesting responses no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, May 20th, 2011. Please help us to get the word out by sharing this RFP with your peers and colleagues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the program coordinator, Max Gitlen, at mgitlen@thefoodproject.org.

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City Farm Fest - Boston - Saturday, May 7

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m .
40 West Cottage Street in Dorchester 
Important Update: Due to the weather, City Farm Fest will be held in the greenhouse at 11 Brook Avenue. 

Highlights

Workshop: Planning & Planting your Raised Bed Garden
Held twice, starting at 12 noon & 1:30 p.m.

Garden Consultation: Do you have specific questions about your garden? Our Greenhouse Manager, Danielle Andrews, will be available to talk with you throughout City Farm Fest!

Clover Food Truck: Bring a few extra dollars so you don't miss the chance to taste their delicious food!

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SNAP & Bounty Bucks Use in Boston Up in 2010

Preliminary results from a Food Project study show that our efforts to increase access to healthy food for underserved communities are making a big impact. In 2010, over $38,000 in SNAP sales were completed in farmers’ markets, with an additional $33,000 in redemption of Boston Bounty Bucks. Combining SNAP sales and Boston Bounty Bucks redemption, we’re projecting a final total of about $75,000 – representing a 271 percent increase from 2009 numbers! And more great news: the number of participating markets went up by 50 percent, from 14 to 21.

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