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Open the Season with The Food Project!


Open the season with The Food Project!
Join The Food Project's staff, youth, and supporters in Copley Square on July 5th for a celebration of the beginning of our summer youth programs.

July marks the start of our twenty-second Summer Youth Program, and we are excited to celebrate! This summer, The Food Project will engage over 120 youth in our youth programs. Our teenagers will grow food on our urban and suburban farms, distribute food at hunger relief organizations, run farmers markets, participate in and facilitate a wide variety of workshops, and more. 

All are invited to join us for Opening Day! We will rally in celebration of the beginning of the summer. Speakers will include Food Project youth; Greg Watson, MA Commissioner of Agriculture; Edith Murnane, Boston Director of Food Initiatives; and Selvin Chambers, Executive Director of The Food Project.

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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 events@thefoodproject.org.

 

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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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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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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A Place to Work, Learn, and Grow

The Food Project's Farm at Ingalls Elementary in Lynn
The Food Project's Farm at Ingalls Elementary in Lynn
The following blog was written by Food Project intern Josh Hill. Josh is 17 years old and lives in Marblehead, Mass. He participated in The Food Project's Summer Youth Program in 2011, and went on to participate in the Academic Year Program and Internship Program.

 

Hi, I’m Josh Hill from Marblehead and I’ve been with The Food Project since 2011.

The amount of support I have found at The Food Project never ceases to amaze me. I feel like I am constantly being pushed upward, encouraged to jump high, work hard, and stay strong. Whether I want to change the world or one life, The Food Project has given me strength to make a difference.

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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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Reflections from a TFP Youth

Eli (top right) with DIRT Crew in 2012
Eli (top right) with DIRT Crew in 2012
The following blog was written by Food Project intern Eli Shanks. Eli participated in The Food Project's Summer Youth Program in 2011, and went on to participate in the Academic Year Program and Internship Program.

 

My name is Eli Shanks. I'm 18, and I've worked at The Food Project since the summer of 2011.

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