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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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The Blight Upon Us

Food Project Tomatoes in 2008
Food Project Tomatoes in 2008
I badly wanted to write about something upbeat this week. That was not to be. Our farm, like many in the Northeast, has been hit by late blight, an aggressive disease on tomatoes and potatoes spread through moist air by the water-born mold Phytophthora Infestans. Infected plants can blacken and wither within a week, the fruit of tomatoes develops lesions and begins to rot and the tubers of potatoes are can also be infected if immediate action is not taken. Once late blight is present in a field even the most aggressive conventional fungicides have only a small likelihood of preventing its spread.

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter, Week 9

Update: information on the tomato blight has been moved to this post.

Fruit Shares Are Coming!

Shares for all sites will be $74 for 9 weeks of fruit from Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton. You'll receive 1/2 peck of fruit per week. The share will consist mainly of an exciting variety of apples with a few pears and plums in the mix. On Farm CSA members need to specify which day (either Tuesday or Thursday) you'll be picking up your fruit.

Sign up for your share online today!

Sign up ends August 21st. Fruit shares will go from the first week of September through the last week of October.

CSA Potluck

Thanks to all of you who came out for the CSA potluck last week. Even under rain-threatening skies, we had a great dinner shared by all. The kohlrabi cook-off was a huge success with many tasty dishes being offered. Check our blog next week for the recipes!

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NS CSA Newsletter Week 6

Vegetable of the Week: Broccoli

 Believe it or not, broccoli was barely known in the US until the 1920's. It's a snap to cook and delicious and nutritious. Serve it raw, lightly cooked or completely cooked. One other thing to believe or not: broccoli is a flower--a bunch of flowers to be exact. All those tiny buds just haven't opened yet. If we let our broccoli plants keep growing in the fields without harvesting them, they'd eventually erupt into a lovely bouquet of tiny yellow flowers.

Broccoli is a plant of the cabbage family Brassicaceae. Broccoli most closely resembles cauliflower, which is a different cultivar group of the same species, but broccoli is green while cauliflower can appear in purple and yellow in addition to the traditional white variety. Packing a nutritional punch, broccoli is high in vitamins A, C, and K as well as dietary fiber.

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Build-a-Garden visit

 garden builders
garden builders

Food Project interns, Widline Charles, 18, and Max Rollins, 16, visit with Build-a-Gardener Amit Virmani in Jamaica Plain.

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter, Week 8

CSA Potluck

The CSA Potluck will be this Thursday, July 23, on the Baker Bridge Farm, at 5:30pm.
80 Concord Road in Lincoln.

The insects we don't love

Insects seem to be thriving this year. Unfortunately for us that means the mosquitoes and cucumber beetles are going strong as are the dragonflies and ladybugs. Insect pest pressure has reached frightening levels in many crops but the worst has been the hungry hordes of Colorado Potato Beetles which reduced our early potato varieties to skeletal stalks, old testament-plague style. This wasn't a complete loss as we had planned to harvest some varieties as tiny new potatoes anyway. Thankfully, our later varieties are faring better, retaining some of their leaves, though they will likely end up smaller than they would have been.

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NS CSA Newsletter Week 5

News from the farm

The past week of sunshine has been a welcomed change for us farmers. In rapid succession we have pulled our stellar crop of garlic, spaded in spent crops making way for new beds in both Beverly and Ipswich, transplanted crops such as summer squash, lettuce, collards, and kale out of the greenhouse, and direct seeded carrots, cilantro, dill, green beans, and lettuce mix.

We have been hard at work making contingency plans to help cover shortfalls caused by our waterlogged Ipswich land. In addition to supplementing shares with vegetables from our farm in Lynn, we are working with a local farm to get tree fruit (hopefully peaches and apples) for the shares, which will start appearing in your box as it becomes available.

If you want to get an idea of our day to day work in the fields, please check out my updates at

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18 Years of Commitment

Two weeks ago, a hundred people gathered underneath the tent on the Lincoln farm to say thank you and farewell to Greg Gale, who has spent the last 18 years of his life dedicated, committed, and invested in work of The Food Project.  Much of what The Food Project is today is due to the heart of Greg Gale.  The send-off for Greg was a testament to his time here. 

Marcus B. who started as a youth in 1998








Elise, who started as a crew worker in 1993, came back as staff and ended up being the grower on the Lincoln land for three years.










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Training and Consulting

Do you want to:

  • Build or stregthen your current work?
  • Bring The Food Project’s innovative models to your organization?
  • Start similar work in your community?
  • Learn how to foster youth-adult partnerships within your field?
  • Learn how to bring diverse groups together to do meaningful work?

We train and share best practices in:

  • Youth development
  • Youth adult partnerships
  • Youth empowerment, accountability and discipline
  • Curriculum development
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Urban agriculture
  • Farm infrastructure
  • Mission-based management
  • Leadership development
  • Strategic planning
  • Developing a funding plan
  • Anti-oppression & social justice
  • Running a CSA
  • Developing farmers’ markets
  • Teambuilding activities

All of our trainings are tailored to meet you or your organization’s unique needs.

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