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You Raised $430,000 for Youth, Food, and Community at the Big Shindig


The Food Project kicked off its 27th growing season with the Big Shindig on Wednesday, April 25 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. This year, over 325 supporters came together to celebrate youth, food, and community at our annual fundraiser. Hosted by co-chairs, Michelle Dyer and Katie Ryan, and Presenting Sponsors Bank of America and Linda and Bill McQuillan, this was the most successful Big Shindig yet! The event raised over $430,000 to support youth leadership, diverse communities, and increased access to fresh, healthy, local, affordable food for all.

We felt honored to be surrounded by so many inspiring people dedicated to youth leaders, diverse communities, and sustainable local farms and food systems. We are overwhelmed by generosity and dedication of all of our supporters who make this vision a reality every day.

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Interested in Growing Seedlings for Gardening Projects? Dudley Greenhouse Invites Proposals

Seedlings - Dudley Greenhouse
Seedlings - Dudley Greenhouse
Dudley residents have incredible expertise and energy around food. Our neighbors have built so many creative mechanisms to access the great food they want in their community.” – Sutton Kiplinger, Greater Boston Regional Director, The Food Project

We are currently accepting applications from groups interested in growing seedlings at the Dudley Greenhouse for use in gardening projects. Application Deadline: January 13, 2016 – 5 p.m. Apply online now.

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Support FINI Trust: IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED


GREAT NEWS! We are seeing tremendous progress on the MA Local Food Action plan and in funding that provides a 100 percent match for each SNAP dollar spent on eligible fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSA programs in Massachusetts. The Food Project played a key role at our farmers markets in the early creation and development of SNAP matching programs starting in 2006, and we need YOUR help to realize our vision of a state-wide SNAP--matching program.

Rep. Paul Schmid, from Westport, has sponsored an amendment to the House budget for $1.48 million to support Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) project costs. He needs co-sponsors to help support this bill and insure that it gets funded.

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It's Time to Fund the Massachusetts Food Trust! Take Action TODAY


On April 13th, The House Ways & Means Committee released its draft budget yesterday afternoon and it did not include funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program. That doesn’t mean we can’t get funding.  Representative Dan Donahue is filing an Amendment to include funding for the MA Food Trust in the budget, we need you to contact your Representative(s) and ask them to join Rep. Donahue in co-sponsoring this amendment.

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Interested in Growing Seedlings for Gardening Projects? Dudley Greenhouse Invites Proposals

Seedlings - Dudley Greenhouse
Seedlings - Dudley Greenhouse
Dudley residents have incredible expertise and energy around food. Our neighbors have built so many creative mechanisms to access the great food they want in their community.” – Sutton Kiplinger, Greater Boston Regional Director, The Food Project

We are currently accepting applications from groups interested in growing seedlings at the Dudley Greenhouse for use in gardening projects. Application Deadline: January 15, 2016 – 5 p.m. Apply now.

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Growing Together brings community action to Lynn

 

A Root Crew member talks about her experience leading Growing Together, which brings together youth groups in Lynn and the surrounding communities for social and food system change.

 
By Elizabeth D., 17, Lynn
 

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Creating a healthy food system for all

A reflection on the release of the draft Massachusetts Food System Plan

By Lucy Sweeney, Development Officer for Individual Giving & Events


Late last month, I joined fellow Food Project staff to attend Food Day at the State House. The room was bustling with a crowd of policy makers, nonprofit leaders, farmers, and food distributors who gathered for the public release of Massachusetts’ draft Food Systems Plan—the commonwealth’s first food plan in 40 years.

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It’s Time for a Statewide Food Systems Plan

Massachusetts is about to embark on a food system strategic planning process. This is welcome news as it will make our state among the frontrunners in recognizing and acting on the critical connections between food, municipal priorities, and the health and economic development of local communities.

Food systems planning means that issues around growing, processing, transporting, preparing, buying, and disposing of food are integrated into policies and plans at all levels of government.

Currently, without a larger food systems plan in place, the state’s many local food councils tasked with addressing food policy concerns end up focusing on individual projects and immediate needs.

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Lynn Farmers Market Is Open!

Youth Sell Produce at the Market
Youth Sell Produce at the Market
The Food Project is excited to announce that our Lynn Central Square farmers market is open for the season! The Lynn market will run on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the corner of Union Street and Exchange Street through October 31. 

Each week, teens from The Food Project's Summer Youth Program and Internship Program sell freshly-harvested vegetables, fruits, and herbs at the Lynn market. This week's bounty includes lettuce, cucumbers, summer squash, green beans, garlic, calaloo, radishes, turnips, cabbage, onions, carrots, beets, fennel, leeks, scallions, basil, cilantro, dill, and more!

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New Workshops: Gardening, Canning, & More!


The Food Project is pleased to announce our summer "Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well" workshop series! We're starting off the summer with our "Planning and Planting Basics" workshop. This beginner and intermediate gardening workshop, held at the Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury, will introduce you to techniques for growing in raised bed gardens and other small spaces. Participants will learn the square-foot method and create a garden map of their own raised bed.

On August 13th, we'll introduce our "Canning Basics" workshop. In this class, held at our kitchen in Dorchester, you will learn to preserve the declicious bounty from your garden. Participants will learn about canning equipment and safety and try out a few new recipes.

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