July 31 - August 2
Registration Form (pdf)
Lincoln and Boston, Mass.
Throughout the year, The Food Project hums like a complex ecosystem: all different pieces of the organization work together and complement each other to provide youth and community with a sustainable food system and a sense of social awareness. But how does it all work? What is the recipe for success in farming, youth development AND social change?
TFP will answer these questions when we open our doors for our Summer Institute. This three-day workshop offers a rare chance to see the intimate details of The Food Project’s inner workings. The Summer Institute is an engaging, interactive learning experience for anyone interested in the issues of youth, food, and community.
Our first day will be split between two topics: mission-based management and production agriculture with youth. The first part of the day will be spent training participants on the tools and artistry needed to run a high participation, mission-driven organization. We will discuss what it takes personally, philosophically, and professionally to create and sustain an organization.
The second half of this day will focus on running a production farm with young people. Our Director of Agriculture will lead a hands-on training based in our rural fields and greenhouse. It will include the practices one needs to involve youth in a productive farming operation.
Days 2 and 3
The next two days of this Institute allow participants to experience The Food Project's Summer Youth Program first-hand. This program is our beginning program for youth engaged in community development through food systems work. For over ten years, many people have asked to see this innovative program in action. In this segment of the training, you will learn about the program's structure, farm side by side with teens, attend a community lunch, watch teens run our farmers market in the city, and engage your peers about how to create effective youth in food systems programs in your community.
This three-day workshop promises to be interactive, intimate, and experiential. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. We will accept applications on a first come, first serve basis.
Read what others have to say...
“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.”