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Dirt Crew, formerly known as DIRT, DIRT Crew, or Academic Year Program, takes place during the school year with youth who have completed Seed Crew and provides meaningful opportunities to develop leadership in sustainable agriculture practices, local food systems, diversity/anti-oppression work, and civic engagement.
Members of Dirt Crew dedicate Saturdays and after-school hours to building raised-bed gardens for families in low-income communities, leading volunteers on our urban and suburban farms, speaking at The Food Project’s events and fundraisers, and helping to recruit a new crop of teenagers for the following year’s Seed Crew.
Each Dirt Crew also designs and executes a long-term, self-directed project aimed to address food access issues in a community. Examples of previous projects include collaborating with the Boston Public Health Commission to research why corner stores in urban areas rarely stock fresh produce and teaming up with youth at a local high school to design and build raised-bed gardens on the campus to facilitate garden and nutrition education initiatives.
Dirt Crew focuses on developing leadership and public speaking skills. It also enhances communication skills and deepens agricultural and food systems knowledge.
For more information about Dirt Crew, please contact [email protected]