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The Summer Youth Program Finale

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Youth Speak: A Dream, a Pledge

 

Throughout our summertime Farm Lunch series, our interns are given a chance to speak about their experiences at The Food Project, their communities, their dreams, and the change they are effecting in their own lives and the lives of others. On Monday, July 22, Boston intern Keyara Gethers spoke at the second lunch of the summer series. Keyara is a first-time intern in the summer of 2013, having been a Summer Youth Program worker last summer and a member of DIRT crew in the 2012-2013 academic year.

A natural public speaker, Keyara entertained participant workers of our Summer Youth Program, staff, donors and supporters, and friends with a humorous speech on her dreams to become a chef and her pledge to no longer consume any fast food — except Popeyes!

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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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A Garden at West Cottage: Planning

A Handful of Seeds
A Handful of Seeds
Over the course of the growing season, TFP staff member Allison Daminger, along with our Boston interns, will be blogging about their experiences tending two 4 ft x 8 ft raised bed gardens located on The Food Project's farm in Dorchester. Although Allison and the youth have learned a lot through osmosis - when you work for The Food Project, it's hard not to pick up at least the basics of growing food! - watching and assisting others is quite different from having one's own garden. We hope that reading about their mistakes and successes over the course of the growing season will encourage other aspiring gardeners to dive in with a little less fear!

 

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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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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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