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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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Volunteer on the Farm This Fall

Volunteers from Wellington Management
Volunteers from Wellington Management
Our farms are in full bloom we need your help tending the fields! Volunteers help us harvest and wash vegetables, weed, and prepare the beds for winter. If you like to get your hands in the dirt, meet new people, and have fun outdoors, then this is the right volunteer opportunity for you!

We are looking for volunteers at our farms in Boston, Lincoln, Lynn, and Beverly in September and October. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or sign up to bring a group from your company, school, or community group.

 

Boston - Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Beverly - Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lincoln - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lynn - Mondays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

 

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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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Summer Youth Program Begins

Summer Youth Program 2010
Summer Youth Program 2010
Monday, July 2 marks the first day of The Food Project's Summer Youth Program. The Summer Youth Program, known casually as SYP, is our flagship youth program. Since the summer of 1992, we have been bringing together youth from diverse backgrounds to experience "personal change through sustainable agriculture." The teenagers in SYP grow and distribute vegetables on our urban and suburban farms, work at hunger relief organizations, and gain skills in leadership, diversity, teamwork, and civic participation.

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Parasitic Wasps Protect TFP’s Tomatoes

Tomatoes in the Dudley Greenhouse
Tomatoes in the Dudley Greenhouse
In the back bay of the Dudley Greenhouse, past the seedlings and the community beds, hundreds of tomato plants are just reaching maturity. We call this part of the greenhouse the "Enterprise Bay." Later this week, Greenhouse Manager Danielle Andrews and Community Food Associate Jennie Msall will harvest the first batch of tomatoes. The tomatoes will be sold to restaurants in Boston and Cambridge and the revenue will contribute to the cost of operating the rest of the greenhouse.

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A Healthy Harvest at The Open Door

Easter Egg Radishes from the Garden
Easter Egg Radishes from the Garden
This past Monday, May 21, FoodCorps Service Member Grace Cherubino and Cape Ann Farmers' Market Backyard Growers Program Coordinator Lara Lepionka got their hands dirty harvesting vegetables from the community garden at The Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, Mass. Their harvest of spinach, Easter egg radishes, brassica, sweet leaf lettuce, arugula, baby kale, cilantro, chives, and oregano went directly into The Open Door's cooler for the community members who have been helping in the garden this spring.

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Farm Shares Are Available for 2012!


The Food Project currently has Community-Supported Agriculture farm shares available for the 2012 farm season. The Food Project's Community-Supported Agriculture program is a partnership between our farm and a community of supporters. At the beginning of the season, CSA members purchase a "share" of the crops that will be grown. In return, The Food Project provides a healthy supply of sustainably grown, fresh vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Each week, CSA members come to our farm to pick up their share of the produce or receive a box share of produce. Each CSA farm share contains enough vegetables to feed a family of four mixed-diet individuals or 2-3 vegetarian adults. Each CSA box share contains enough vegetables to feed 2-3 mixed-diet individuals or 1-2 vegetarian adults. The CSA program runs from mid-June through the end of October and offers a wide variety of produce.

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Volunteer with TFP This Spring!


Our farms are back in action this spring and we are looking for volunteers to help us spread compost, plant, transplant, weed, harvest, and more. If you like to get your hands in the dirt, meet new people, and have fun outdoors, then this is the right volunteer opportunity for you!

We seek volunteers at our farms in Boston, Lincoln, Lynn, and Beverly in April, May, and June. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or sign up to bring a group from your company, school, or community group.

 

Boston - Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Beverly - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lincoln - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lynn - Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

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Grow Well Workshop Tonight POSTPONED

Due to the snow forecasted for this evening, tonight's Grow Well Workshop 2: "Start Your Own Seeds" has been cancelled. The workshop has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 7, from 6:00 - 7:30pm at the Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave, Roxbury, MA.

Please contact Community Food Coordinator Danielle Andrews for more information about the rescheduled workshop.

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