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The Food Project Institute


Summer 2017 Institute 

August 2—4, 2017

Fee: $430

Greater Boston Area, MA  


Learn, Grow, and Connect at The Food Project’s Summer Institute on August 2–4, 2017.

Many come to The Food Project during the summer to learn our models and are inspired by the beautiful farms, thriving farmers markets, and highly motivated, diverse young people working with passion towards a common mission. It seems to flow effortlessly. 
The summer season is the entry point when young people begin with us. The winter and spring, or academic season, is when the deepening happens. The young people returning for more, are known as Dirt Crew and Root Crew. They lead volunteers on our farms, build raised-bed gardens in Lynn and Boston, increase their understanding of food system issues, and implement projects to create impactful change. 
The learning and actions are dynamic and “real-time.”
  • Summer season planning and youth crew design
  • The foundations of youth leader development in the context of farming, social justice and food access initiatives
  • How to build a year-round tiered youth leader development structure to support your work
  • What it takes to run dynamic farm operations with high school youth
  • Inspire and support others to create change in their own communities
  • Work alongside youth and hear about their work
  • In-depth conversations with The Food Project staff
  • Enjoy engaged conversations with Dirt Crew and Root Crew youth to learn about their work during the academic season
  • Interact with and learn from Institute peers
  • Network with others interested in youth-led sustainable, local agriculture
For more information on The Food Project’s Institutes, please email [email protected] or call 781-259-8621 x29 to speak with Cindy Davenport, Director of Programming and Institutional Learning.




Read what others have to say...

"Thank you for an inspirational three days at the winter Institute. It is a unique opportunity to have an organization share their experiences, positives, deltas, accomplishments, and evolutions with others, so we can all make progress impacting lives and preserving the land for the love of all."

“The Food Project is one of the few organizations that I have seen where youth are respected, nurtured, educated and socialized in a way that benefits both them and all of us. There is no better model of youth and justice work that I have seen.”

“The Food Project Institute’s unique vision of our world’s youth has redefined the essence of community-based agriculture. Their mission-based programming embraces so many crucial components of local farming and actually puts them into practice. TFP is not only a program to model; it is a movement to follow.”

“Overall, the most valuable conference I have ever attended.”

“After spending three days at The Food Project’s Institute, I can’t stop thinking about or talking about The Food Project. If after three days I feel so positively affected, imagine change TFP does with others that they work with longer term. WOW!”

“The Food Project Institute was exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing around my fledgling ideas for a sustainable food project involving youth.”


The Food Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Tax ID: 04-3262532


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