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City Council Recognizes TFP's Twentieth

The Food Project at the Boston City Council
The Food Project at the Boston City Council
At the opening of the Boston City Council meeting on Wednesday, City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo recognized The Food Project for our work in youth development, sustainable agriculture, and community engagement over the past twenty years. Councilor Arroyo presented a proclamation of the City Council of Boston congratulating TFP on our twentieth anniversary and commending us for many years of outstanding service to the communities of Boston. Executive Director Selvin Chambers, Board Chair Eugene Benson, Communications Director Ki Kim, and Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Elena Martinez were present to receive the honors on behalf of TFP. At the end of the presentation, Chambers spoke to TFP’s commitment to our mission of supporting what he calls the “pyramid of hope”: youth, food, and community.

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Spotlight on Our Impressive Interns

Emil Leads a Neighborhood Tour
Emil Leads a Neighborhood Tour
For the past several weeks, while the Summer Youth Program participants were learning for the first time about The Food Project, 34 carefully selected teenagers from our pool of experienced youth took part in TFP's Summer Internship Program. Interns represent the most experienced youth staff at The Food Project. In the summer months, they learn in-depth skills in various aspects of TFP's programming, take initiative in leading activities and workshops for TFP youth and community members, and serve as role models for the youth in the Summer Youth Program. This summer, they did some pretty awesome and productive work.

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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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Exploring the Dudley Hub

Courtney Leads a Tour
Courtney Leads a Tour
At the cusp of West and Brook
Lies a bounty of what chefs would cook.
Venture there and you'll find
The words written on your chest, in a sign.
 

On a recent Thursday morning, a small group of youth crew workers stood before The Food Project's Dudley Street office trying to extrapolate a location from this baffling poem. It took these teenagers from TFP's Summer Youth Program just a few minutes to figure out where to run for their next clue - how long would it take you?

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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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Scholarship for Young Volunteers

Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont has partnered with The Food Project to establish a scholarship for high school youth who have completed a minimum of 100 hours of service in their community. "The Food Project Make a Difference Scholarship" will award $5,000 towards tuition and fees at Green Mountain College for students who have completed at least 50 hours of service at The Food Project and 50 hours of service at another registered non-profit organization.

The Food Project has the privilege of working with over 3,000 dedicated volunteers each year. Our volunteers include teenagers, young adults, adults, and senior citizens and come from schools, universities, corporations, non-profits, religious organizations, community organizations, and more. We are very excited for this opportunity to reward some of our youngest and most dedicated volunteers.

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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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Summer Youth Program Begins

Summer Youth Program 2010
Summer Youth Program 2010
Monday, July 2 marks the first day of The Food Project's Summer Youth Program. The Summer Youth Program, known casually as SYP, is our flagship youth program. Since the summer of 1992, we have been bringing together youth from diverse backgrounds to experience "personal change through sustainable agriculture." The teenagers in SYP grow and distribute vegetables on our urban and suburban farms, work at hunger relief organizations, and gain skills in leadership, diversity, teamwork, and civic participation.

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Summer Interns Set to Shine

Interns Speak at a Community Lunch
Interns Speak at a Community Lunch
On Tuesday morning, 34 eager teenagers gathered at The Food Project's farm in Lincoln, Mass., to start their summer. These teenagers are The Food Project's summer interns -- our most experienced youth staff members. They have all gone through the Summer Youth Program, and many continued to work with TFP through the Academic Year Program. They are well-versed in all areas of TFP programming and are experienced leaders and facilitators.

The summer interns are divided into groups, each specializing on certain parts of The Food Project's operations. Nine of the thirty-four interns this summer will work at TFP's farm in Lincoln, Mass. These nine interns are agriculture specialists: they will be the point people for food production and distribution at the farm, and will collaborate with the farm staff to deliver sustainable agriculture workshops for youth in the Summer Youth Program.

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