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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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North Shore CSA

The North Shore CSA is sold out for 2009. Please check back in the winter for 2010 signups.

Welcome to The Food Project's new website!

Welcome to The Food Project's new website! The 2004-2009 edition served us faithfully, but it was time for a rebuild. We've reorganized the site to better reflect our current programs and activities, so you'll be able to find what you're looking for more easily. You'll also see more and bigger photos throughout. The new site comes to you thanks to our friend Andrew Rodgers of Open Pixels and TFP's hard-working communications staff.

For those of you curious about the technology involved, we've built the new site using Drupal, an open source content management system. This move presents big improvements in functionality and cost-savings compared to the proprietary system used for the previous site. The improved back-end tools will allow us to keep things up-to-date more efficiently.

In case you're interested in seeing something as it appeared on the previous site, a mirror is still available at, and old blog entries will remain at

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