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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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A Poem for The Food Project

Lucas (center, green) and His 2012 Summer Crew
Lucas (center, green) and His 2012 Summer Crew
The following poem was written by Food Project youth intern Lucas Munson. Lucas first joined The Food Project in the summer of 2011 as a crew worker in our Summer Youth Program. He participated in the 2011-12 Academic Year Program, worked as an assistant crew leader during the summer of 2012, and is now an intern. We are proud to announce that The Food Project will be submitting Lucas' poem as a proposal for the CTK Foundation's Heart and Soul Grant. Thank you, Lucas, for your beautiful words.

 

 

 

I remember them telling us,
The city is too loud
And the country is too quiet,
Your words will never be heard.

We responded with a carrot in the dirt,
The rolled up sleeves of a sweaty shirt.
We seized pitchforks like we'd revolt,
And planted gardens as loud as hope.

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Summer Youth Program Applications Available!


Do you like being outdoors, meeting new people, and working hard? Are you looking to make some money this summer? We are pleased to announce that the application for The Food Project's Summer Youth Program is now available!

The Food Project's Summer Youth Program brings together teenagers from diverse cultural, racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds to work on our urban and suburban farmland in Boston, Lincoln, and on the North Shore of eastern Massachusetts. Teens work on our farms, sell food at farmers' markets, work at hunger relief organizations, prepare and serve community lunches, and participate in workshops on topics such as diversity, sustainable agriculture, and personal finance.

All applicants must be 14 years old by January 1, 2013 and must not turn 18 before August 15, 2013. The application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2013

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CSA Shares Available Now!

Youth Harvesting Watermelons for the CSA
Youth Harvesting Watermelons for the CSA
On a sunny June afternoon, you are strolling up and down bountiful rows of vegetables of all sizes, shapes, and colors. As you pick your share of berries and peas for the week, you taste a few along they way. The sugar snap peas are crisp and fresh; the strawberries are sweet and tangy, and their delicious juice runs down your chin as you sink your teeth into the bright fruit. At the end of the row is the rest of your haul for the week: lettuce, spinach, arugula, swiss chard, garlic scapes, bok choi, radishes, turnips, and scallions, all grown here at The Food Project's farm in Lincoln, Mass. You take one last strawberry and gather up your bags of riches to head over to the herb garden.

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The Diet-Climate Connection on WGBH


Did you know that it takes 16 pounds of grain and soy to create one pound of beef? Or that 39.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents are emitted into the atmosphere for every kilogram of lamb that is consumed? Compare that figure to the 0.9 kilograms emitted for every kilogram of lentils that is consumed. Put plainly, the foods that we eat affect the environment. Agriculture a large emitter of the greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change, and some foods are much larger contributors than others. According to the Environmental Working Group, “if everyone in the United States ate no meat or cheese one day a week, it would be the same as not driving 91 billion miles or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.

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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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A Second Year in the Garden

Sadie With A Volunteer At The Farm
Sadie With A Volunteer At The Farm
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 third 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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New Workshops This Winter!

The Food Project is excited to announce that we will be offering a variety of new workshops this winter through our "Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well" workshop series!

Our gardening workshops are taught by TFP staff and youth, and will focus on growing food during the winter and preparing your garden for the spring. During our cooking workshops, The Food Project invites local gardeners and cooks into our kitchen to share recipes from their respective cultures. Participants cook together and then celebrate with a sit-down meal. 

Participants are welcome to bring children to any of our workshops. Fun and structured children's activities will be available during all Saturday workshops.

This winter, the workshops will include:

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Nominate TFP for Seeds of Change!

Massachusetts FoodCorps Service Members
Massachusetts FoodCorps Service Members
Since August 2012, eight FoodCorps Service Members have been hard at work in communities across eastern Massachusetts educating children about growing and eating healthy food through hands-on garden- and kitchen-based learning. These ambitious young leaders are working in the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, Lynn, and Gloucester to build and expand school gardens; facilitate gardening and cooking workshops; offer taste tests; and more.

To support the work of these young educators, The Food Project is applying for a "Share the Good" grant from Seeds of Change. This winter, Seeds of Change will award twelve $10,000 grants to community-based organizations to support programs that will enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers, and communities. These grants are intended to help organizations that are working to increase access to fresh, nutritious food through community outreach and education.

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