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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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Teens Teaching Teens About Healthy Eating

David Presents Common Ingredients
David Presents Common Ingredients
How much do you know about healthy eating? Pop quiz: How large is one serving of cheese? What is the difference between natural and artificial flavoring? What is a processed food? Who has the power in the food system?

Here at The Food Project, teens teach teens about these important issues. This summer, TFP youth interns Colleen Corporan, Judy Merisier, and David McGourty led workshops for teenagers in TFP's Summer Youth Program highlighting what is in the food that we eat and various issues to consider when deciding what to eat.

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A Fruitful Year in the Garden

Grace in the Garden at The Open Door
Grace in the Garden at The Open Door
Grace Cherubino is the "garden lady" of Veterans Memorial Elementary School and Beeman Memorial Elementary School in Gloucester, Mass. Over the past year, Grace has served the community of Gloucester and The Food Project as a FoodCorps Service Member. She ran after-school programs at both schools, coordinated vegetable-tasting events at lunchtime, and helped to operate the community garden at The Open Door Food Pantry.

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Join Us for Roxtweet!


Please join Haley House and The Food Project for the summer 2012 #Roxtweet: Food Justice @ Food Day! This summer's tweetup is a conversation about how our communities and organizations can use Food Day 2012 to highlight social, economic and environmental justice issues in our food system. Our discussion topics will include: Growing Food; Gathering Food; Food Worker Justice; Advocacy, Policy, and Civic Engagement; Diversity in the Food Movement; and Understanding Hunger Today. Attendees are also encouraged to self-organize around other topics of their choosing! We hope to come out of the event with new and strengthened connections among community members interested in food justice, and with some concrete event plans for Food Day 2012. Come out and share your ideas!

 

 

WHERE: Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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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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Dudley Greenhouse Spreads Its Seedlings

Sayed Ali's Garden
Sayed Ali's Garden
This summer Sayed Ali's garden is blooming beautifully. Sayed runs the "Seed and Yield" program through the Nubian United Benevolent International Association (NUBIA). He brings together Sudanese youth to experience gardening, learn about nutrition, and build community through service. In addition, Sayed's group grows in two garden plots in the Dudley Greenhouse. This spring, Sayed and his group started 50 trays of mixed vegetables, or over 2500 seedlings, in the greenhouse. The seedlings were planted in community gardens around Boston, and the produce will be provided free to low-income community members.

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Dudley Greenhouse Seeks Project Proposals


During the past year we have been pleased to share the Dudley Greenhouse with a variety of community groups. The greenhouse has provided space not just for food production, but also for the sharing of food, culture and resources. For this upcoming year, we invite proposals from groups and individuals to once again share this incredible community space and resource.

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Grow Well and Eat Well this Summer

We are pleased to announce several new workshops in The Food Project's "Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well" workshop series! This summer, we will feature new workshops in the Dudley Greenhouse and in TFP's Dudley Street office. New workshops will include:

  • Disease and Pest Management Basics - An introduction to identifying and organically treating common diseases and pests in your garden
  • Summer Harvest Tips and Storage Ideas - Tips and techniques for correctly harvesting your crops 
  • Extending the Season - Making the most of your garden in the late fall and early spring
  • Tastings from the Garden - Simple ways to prepare common crops from your garden
  • Canning Basics - Preserving the summer's bounty for the colder months
  • One Vegetable, Four Ways - Basic cooking techniques and creative ways to cook two staple fall crops 

 

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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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