2023 INstitute

For over thirty years, The Food Project has operated at the intersection of youth development, sustainable agriculture and community-building. Through our Institute training events, we share our methods and models, our history, and the learning we’ve done to create our nationally recognized youth development and farming programs.

The next Institute will take place from Thursday 9/28/23 to Saturday 9/30/23. The Institute aims to create a tight-knit learning community over the three days. We immerse the group in as many facets of The Food Project as possible, visiting sites in three cities and towns where The Food Project works in both urban and suburban settings, and offering a full day of immersion into the organization’s youth programs. Participants will have the opportunity to meet numerous organization staff members (across all program areas) and youth participants. The agenda is as follows: 

Dates and Curriculum

Day One: Youth Development Theory and Curriculum

8:30 AM – 4 PM, Thursday, 9/28/23: Ingalls Farm, Lynn, MA 01902

Day Two: Agriculture, Food Distribution and Community Partnerships

8:30 AM – 4 PM, Friday 9/29/23: Reynolds Farm, Wenham, MA 01984

Optional: group dinner, location TBD, cost not included.

Day Three: Deepening Learning through Youth Crew Immersion

8:30 AM – 4 PM, Saturday 9/30/23: West Cottage Farm, Dorchester, MA 02125


The Food Project is offering access to the Fall 2023 Institute at a range of prices depending on your organizational or individual access to financial resources. This is an intentional effort to provide equitable access to this knowledge and experience to as many organizations and individuals as possible.

We provide basic guidance for rate tiers below, based on organizational scale, but these are only a rough guide and we ask you to reflect on the tier that best fits your circumstance as an organization or individual. If you have questions, please send an email to institute@thefoodproject.org to discuss the options.

2023 Fall Institute Price Tiers

Seed Tier – $300

Sprout Tier – $400

Leaf Tier – $500

Bloom Tier – $650

For organizations with annual budgets up to $600k

For organizations with annual budgets of $600k-$1.2M

For organizations with annual budgets of $1.2M – $5M

For organizations with annual budgets over $5M

Cancellation Policy: If circumstances change and you are unable to attend the Institute after registering, The Food Project will offer a 50% refund to individuals canceling by 8/31/23 and cannot offer refunds for cancellations after that date.


In the interest of equity and accessibility, each site is available via public transportation and a short shuttle from The Food Project. Given the challenge of coordinating transit via commuter rail and city bus, however, most visitors will find it preferable to travel by private car to each site, if possible.

Please note: 

In an effort to keep the event safe, Participants are encouraged to test for Covid-19 prior to attending the event each day. Those testing positive will not be able to attend the in person event and should reach out to institute@thefoodproject.org.

The Food Project requires everyone to wear masks on shared transportation and, if unvaccinated, indoors.  Anyone with cold-like symptoms is strongly encouraged to wear a mask.  Outdoors, masks are not required. The majority of the training will be held outdoors, weather permitting. COVID protocols subject to change based on increased risk level and state guidelines.

If you have questions about the Institute, please contact us at institute@thefoodproject.org and we will get back to you as soon as we are able!

Read what others have to say… 

“I enjoyed every minute of it, and left feeling inspired by all the new ideas, better prepared and equipped with relevant resources and actionable steps, and a community that validated my experiences and helped me feel not so alone.”

“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 them and all of us. There is no better model of youth and justice work that I have seen.”