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Step-by-step guides to recreating elements of The Food Project model for your organization. Detailed instructions complete with timeline, activities, forms and letters all included. These are available as a free PDF download, or some may be purchased for the same price as the cost to print and bind the manual at your local copy store.

Academic Year Program Manual    ($22.95 / Free Download)

Annually, this program employs thirty young people to work on community-based projects during the school year.  Members of the D.I.R.T. Crew (Dynamic, Intelligent, Responsible Teenagers) dedicate Saturdays and after-school hours to lead over 1700 volunteers on our suburban and city farm sites, work in shelters, and attend conferences to speak about their experience working for The Food Project.  This manual discusses every aspect of this program and is a great resource for those looking for ways to engage young people throughout the year.

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Summer Youth Program Manuals, Volumes I, II, and III   ($22.95 each / Free Download)

The Food Project’s Summer Youth Program employs ninety youth from Boston and Lynn, and the outlying suburbs to work on the land, grow organic produce, serve the community, and grow together.  Behind the scenes, this program is complex to run and execute.  These three manuals will provide readers with an entire picture of how to recruit young people, how to train them, how to set up the program and how to run it, once the summer begins.  Together, these books form a complete guidebook for running a successful and dynamic summer youth program.

Volume I:  Recruitment
Volume II:  Set-Up
Volume III:  Implementation,

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Farmers’ Market Manual  (FREE Download)

The Food Project runs two farmers’ markets in the city of Boston each week.  These markets bring local, fresh produce to customers who do not have easy access to this type of food.   Our manual includes the topics of setting up the market, selecting produce, training workers and young people, marketing, and keeping business records.

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Urban Agriculture Manual   (FREE Download)

The Food Project grows produce on three lots in the city of Boston.  This manual details how we created healthy soil, how we intersect with the community, how to work with the young people involved in The Food Project’s programs, and how to plan urban food lots.  This manual specifically addresses the trials and successes of agriculture in an urban arena.

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Rural Agriculture Manual   (FREE Download)

The Food Project manages a 31 acre farm outside Boston and distributes over 250,000 pounds of produce annually.  This manual explains how to run a sustainable production farm while integrating thousands of youth and volunteers throughout the season.  You will learn how to set up a farm to accommodate, celebrate, and utilize the labor of people who are walking onto a farm for the first time and will be forever changed by their experience.  Included in this manual are tools for crop planning, labor management, produce distribution, and tips for an abundant harvest.

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Volunteer Manual   (FREE Download)

A thorough introduction to The Food Project’s Serve and Grow Program.   The Food Project depends on over 1,000 youth and adults to assist us in growing food, keeping our city food lots beautiful, and reclaiming urban land.  This manual outlines recruitment, scheduling, and designing programs for volunteers.

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

Tax ID: 04-3262532


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