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Charline Xu

FoodCorps Service Member

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Rae Axner

Rae Axner
Social Capital Inc. (SCI) AmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
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Rae came to The Food Project to work with Seed Crew in the summer of 2016 as a Program Associate. She currently serves as a Social Capital Inc. (SCI) AmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Coordinator and she additionally provides support for Dirt Crew and Root Crew. Rae graduated from Tufts in 2014 with a BA in Community Health and American Studies. Prior to joining The Food Project, Rae worked in housing advocacy, workers’ rights organizing, farming, youth leadership, and coffee. Rae believes in the power of young people and their central role in fighting for environmental justice and collective liberation. Outside of work, Rae grows vegetables in her small Somerville front yard, cooks garlic-heavy meals with her roommates, seeks out lakes and beaches, and laughs as much as possible.

Amanda Chin

Marketing and Communications Associate and Graphic Designer
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Amanda started at The Food Project in 2009 as a youth for two summers and and came back in 2015 as the Massachusetts Fellow for FoodCorps. She has a B.A. from the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and a minor in Food Systems. Amanda cares a lot about forwarding justice and believes in a multidirectional approach. When not at work, she is probably crafting, cooking, or on an outdoor adventure. 

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Elie Simmons

Massachusetts Promise Fellow - Youth Development Specialist

Elie is currently serving in Americorps through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship as the Root Crew Supervisor on the North Shore. He originally joined The Food Project as a member of Greater Boston's Seed Crew in 2007. Elie fell in love with The Food Project's culture and safe space and yearned to connect with the land at any given chance. He went on to take part in Dirt and Root Crews during high school, and returned in 2012 as a Crew Leader. Elie is currently working on finding a way to continue school for Audio Production while cultivating his passion for LGBTQ mentorship. When not at work, Elie pursues his passion for baking with fruit, and cooking with a variety of vegetables & spices.

Angela Klempner

Angela Klempner
Angela Klempner
Lincoln CSA Manager & Volunteer Coordinator


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Jerel Ferguson

Jerel Ferguson is the founder of Hike4Life, a Dorchester based, community organization that encourages inner-city youth and families to participate in activities and experience life in the outdoors. Through his nature-based enrichment programs, his love of the environment and the land grew and sparked his interest in urban farming. After 3 successful seasons of growing at The Food Project Greenhouse, Jerel joined The Food Project staff in August of 2015. Jerel is a father of three and loves hiking, music, photography, cooking and intellectual conversation.

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