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Opening of the Lynn North Shore Community College Greenhouse


In October of 2018, a 1200 square foot greenhouse was opened on the Lynn campus of North Shore Community College. This unique project is the result of a
state Skills Capital Grant, and creates a unique partnership between The Food Project and the college to learn and grow together.

 

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Reflections from a Seed Crew Summer


This summer I worked in The Food Projects Seed Crew. It was a great learning experience and it opened my eyes to world issues that I had never considered before. Over the course of the 6 weeks, youth worked together to harvest crops that go to local markets and hunger relief organizations. Our main goal is to create equal access to healthy foods because we realize that healthy food isn't always an option for everyone. Many cities have ‘food deserts’ where it is nearly impossible to find fresh produce. This is one reason why I particularly enjoyed the urban farm in Dorchester.

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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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The Power of Food


The story behind the story, "Momos remind them of home" in The Boston Globe is one of youth, food and community. 

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MLK Day of Service - an incredible experience for Root Crew


On Monday, January 19, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Food Projects’ Root Crew youth from the North Shore participated in the MLK Day of Service at Northeastern University. Three youth write about their experience.

 

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Dirt Crew supervisor attends State of the Union



Ludia Modi, our North Shore Dirt Crew Supervisor and a fellow with The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, is attending President Obama's State of the Union address today in Washington DC.  Ludia is the guest of U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). 

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How Do You Make It “Sticky”?


As the room filled with strangers from around the country, Cassi and Zeke, both high school seniors who are also Root Crew members with The Food Project, got up to lead.

It was the first day of The Food Project’s Winter Institute, a three-day training held on February 6-8 for other organizations, and Zeke kicked things off. “Think of a word that’s most important to you. Come up to the board, write the word and tell us why. I’ll start.

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Youth Reflect on Giving Their First Workshop

The most experienced youth at The Food Project work hard throughout the year to hone their public speaking and facilitation skills in order to present workshops. Part of this process includes giving a "Levels of Oppression" workshop to younger youth participants.

Recently, youth interns from our North Shore region gave their first such workshop. Afterwards, they reflected on what it all meant. Here is what they had to say. 

 


Adesuwa, 17, Lynn, MA

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On MLK day, with friends of different races


MLK Day is always extra special for us as it gives us an opportunity to participate in a community wide day of service, reflect on what it all means, and focus on one of our key values-- honest discussions about race, class and diversity.

This year, the weekend before MLK Day, 57 Dirt and Root Crew members gathered at winter retreats to do just that. The retreats were a mix of work and play, and a chance to check highlights and plan for the future. See our short highlight reel! 

 

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