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MSN/Kashi video with Anna Lappé features TFP

The Food Project has had a lot of exciting visitors over the last few months and our youth have been the hosts for so many of them. As our season winds down and our last groups of volunteers visit the farm, it's exciting to show how much we can accomplish in just one day in the fields.

Please take a few minutes to watch this inspiring new video and think about the impact that a whole season at The Food Project has on our local food system and how you can be a part of it. Anna Lappé offers a great introduction, and this year's D.I.R.T. crew really shines.

Practical Guide to Healthier Living - MSN.com
Practical Guide to Healthier Living - MSN.com

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Saturday's Climate Action Day

Underwater Cabinet Meeting
Underwater Cabinet Meeting
 Food crops require certain things from our environment to grow, including the right amount of rain (not like this past June!) and the proper range of temperature. Significant changes to the climate threaten to disrupt these conditions.

If, then, you also enjoy eating food, you may wish to join our friends at the Real Food Challenge, Slow Food, and hundreds of like-minded organization in participating in this Saturday's international day of climate action. The basic idea is to show world leaders, a month in advance of the climate negotiations at Copenhagen, that there is widespread support for a treaty that will keep atmospheric carbon dioxide levels down somewhere reasonable.

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Interns in Action: Jamila's RIC experience

Here's an account from TFP intern Jamila Kibirige on her experience participating in last month's Rooted In Community conference:

On July 28, 2009 I had the privilege to attend the RIC conference that took place in Portland, Maine. There were three organizations that were in charge of the conference: The Food Project, Lots to Garden and Cultivating Community.

The role that I played was to lead the opening ceremony where we talked about safe space and I was in charge of a group of different people from all over the country in making up rules for the conference so that they can all feel free to share.

The conference was 5 days long and we had a lot of different activities to do. After we arrived that Wednesday we met the different groups and had the opening ceremony. The next three days we had the opportunity to do some fieldwork on the gardens of the three planning organizations. We got to ride bicycles and it was fun because it was a lot of people on bicycles throughout the city. We had a lot of different workshops too.

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Labor Day Eat-In on Boston Common

If you run in the local food crowd, you've probably heard about the Labor Day Eat-Ins happening this Monday. If not, a brief summary:

The Childhood Nutrition Act, which is responsible for the budgeting and implementation of public school lunches, is coming up for reauthorization this fall. A nation wide effort is being made to allocate more funds towards the cafeteria budget, and increase the quantity of healthy local foods available to school children. Currently, there are over 280 such eat-ins planned for this Labor Day. As an event organizer with the Boston Localvores, we're organizing one such Eat-In at the Boston Common, by the Gazebo, from 12pm-2:30pm this Monday, September 7th. There will be petitions to sign, information to read, and literature available for those who want to become more active in guaranteeing healthy, local food for school children. 

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Newly available curriculum, games, and research

We're happy to announce a wealth of new material on our website. As mentioned the other week, volunteer Jessica Yen spent much of her summer diligently organizing materials we use internally so that they could be useful to others.

New sections on the website resulting from her work:

Let us know if you find this material useful. Thanks again, Jessica!

 

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Rooted In Community conference

This past Saturday, attendees of the annual Rooted In Community (RIC) conference came down to our Lincoln farm for a full day of learning, sharing, and (of course) eating! 

RIC identifies itself as a diverse movement of youth and adults working together to foster healthy communities and food justice, through urban and rural agriculture, community gardening, food security and related environmental justice work.

Throughout two of the five days at the conference, youth participated in many different youth led workshops from human sculptures, video making and radio broadcasting to window garden making, public speaking and diversity workshops. For the other days, youth took tours of Cultivating Community, Lots to Gardens and The Food Project (i.e., 150 biking through Maine, working on various pieces of land, making meals together, etc.).

At The Food Project, a group of staff, alumni, interns, and assistant crew leaders helped lead the 150 conference attendees in the following:

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Day of Action!

Interns harvesting carrrots to distribute in Boston.
Interns harvesting carrrots to distribute in Boston.

Food Project youth (and a young helper) harvesting carrots.
Food Project youth (and a young helper) harvesting carrots.

 

Gabriella using a pitchfork to break up the soil around the carrots.
Gabriella using a pitchfork to break up the soil around the carrots.

Bunches of carrots ready for the wash station.
Bunches of carrots ready for the wash station.

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TFP Teleconference Series Recordings Available for Download

The Food Project is an organization focused on growth and development, of our crops, our youth, ourselves, our organization, and of others that we meet along the way. We have had many opportunities to collaborate on projects that support this focus.

One such project was our LIFT (Leaders in Food-Security Training) Teleconference Series. The series was a great chance for people from all over the country to share knowledge and learn from one another.

So much of the comments and information from these presentations and conversations is timeless and invaluable that we turn back to them occasionally as a key resource or training tool. Now, they’re available to download right here. Check out the topics below and let us know what you think.

Each recording is about 1 1/2 hours long and includes a presentation followed by open discussion. (Files are 5mb mp3’s and sound quality varies).

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An Open Letter to Michelle Obama

Dear Michelle Obama,

Congratulations on choosing to plant a food garden on the White House grounds.  Now imagine that mini-farm on the White House grounds being tended by youth from Washington DC!  Give young people the opportunity to contribute purposefully to their community by growing food for the hungry and caring for the land. The Food Project has been doing this for almost 20 years in the Boston area. What a great way to inspire other youth across the USA to literally see that the fruits of their labor can create change in their own communities.

Hire a teenage farmer and challenge all of us to engage in a new way of thinking, acting, and being. Teens from across the district, together as a team, will plant the seeds of cooperation, community and pride as they grow, harvest and distribute the bounty of their shared labor. We believe in the ability to inform a new generation of leaders by placing teens in responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work.

The Food Project has been guided by the belief that community is created by providing common ground - in toiling, harvesting and sharing of the bounty.   We celebrate collaboration, cooperation and the value of a hard day’s work. A White House Garden tended by teens from across the city’s social, racial and economic neighborhoods can inspire a youth movement across the land.

When youth experience the value of labor and service while building a diverse and effective community they discover and develop their talents, make friends and test themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. Inviting youth to serve and to take risks offers a chance to see oneself and the world differently and encourages the same in each volunteer, neighbor, and friend.

Thank you.

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Now What? Seven Priorities for the Food Movement in the Age of Obama and Why Young People Will Lead the Way

by Anim Steel

“Is a sustainable food strategy on Obama’s menu?” asked Derrick Jackson in a December 30, 2008 Boston Globe column.  Don’t depend on it, he concluded, despite some pretty encouraging signs from the Obama camp.  The new president will face serious “blowback” from the agribusiness industry, he noted.  That’s a lobby that Michael Pollan described as the second most powerful in DC.

So if Obama doesn’t lead the way, who will?  And even if he proves to be a champion of sustainable food policy, what will bridge the enormous gap between vision and reality? What will force revolutionary change all the way from Capitol Hill to the corner store?

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