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Seeking Projects for the Dudley Greenhouse

Gardener Fulani Haynes Teaching in the Greenhouse
Gardener Fulani Haynes Teaching in the Greenhouse
The Dudley Greenhouse opened its doors in 2011 as a community green space and, during the past two and a half years, has served many residents and community groups.

The greenhouse provides space for food production as well as workshops, activities, and other programming that support residents in growing food and sharing cultures and resources. For this upcoming year, we invite proposals from groups and individuals to once again use and share this wonderful community resource.

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Meet the Crew Leaders: Keely Curliss


Nineteen-year-old Keely Curliss first worked with The Food Project as a crew worker in the North Shore Summer Youth Program in 2008. After that, she spent the next four years exploring different roles in TFP's youth programs. She was a member of DIRT Crew and an assistant crew leader for DIRT Crew, and held multiple academic year and summer internships. In addition, Keely served as a youth member of TFP's board of trustees for two years.

Keely just returned to her hometown of Cambridge, Mass., after spending a year serving as a City Year corps member in Baton Rouge, La. After a long year away, Keely will be returning this summer as a crew leader in The Food Project's Greater Boston Summer Youth Program.

 

What was your experience like as a youth in The Food Project's programs?

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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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Jazz Under Glass: A Greenhouse Celebration

Ready for a Celebration
Ready for a Celebration
As seedlings from the Dudley Greenhouse's community bay make their way to backyards and community gardens across the city, we are sweeping up, rolling out tablecloths, and preparing for a celebratory evening of music, plants, food, and community. On Sunday, June 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee, The Food Project, and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative invite you to join us to celebrate the accomplishments from this past year and to toast to the future of our community greenhouse.

Come enjoy garden-inspired dishes prepared by local chefs and gardeners. Experience some of the gardening, cooking, and food system activities that have been taking place over the course of the past year. Take in the jungle of greenhouse tomatoes that will be just starting to ripen. Meanwhile, enjoy beautiful jazz music provided by Fulani Haynes and The Jazz Collaborative.

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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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Upcoming: City Farm Fest!


The Food Project is pleased to announce City Farm Fest, a celebration of the beginning of spring and the start of the growing season! Please join us on Saturday, May 11 at the Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury for seedling, compost, and garden materials sales; soil testing and consultations; children's activities; and more. Enjoy fun and friends at the Dudley Greenhouse, get advice and materials for your garden, and enjoy some tasty food from one of Boston's finest food trucks. We will be accepting cash, credit, and debit for all sales and EBT for seedling sales.

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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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