The Food Project uses sustainable growing methods on all of our farms. Sustainable agriculture is the practice of growing food in a way that preserves and enhances the environment, provides economic opportunity and good health for individuals and communities, and connects people to the land around them. It generally avoids chemical fertilizers and pesticides and long-distance travel, striving instead to create fresh, healthy produce for local consumption.
The Food Project works to create personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. We farm in a way that grows the best possible food, supports our community, and cultivates the next generation of young leaders.
The Food Project’s Lincoln farm is currently operated on 31 acres of conservation land approximately 15 miles outside of Boston, in the town of Lincoln, Mass. Twenty-seven acres of this land are available for vegetable production and the remaining four acres include a composting area, greenhouse, tractor storage area, irrigation pond, and our CSA distribution area. The food grown at this site supports TFP’s Lincoln on-farm CSA, metro Boston box share CSAs, Farm-to-Family subsidized CSAs, the Dudley Town Common farmers' market, and several local hunger relief organizations. Operation of this site is made possible through a continuing partnership with the Town of Lincoln's Conservation Commission and resident support. The Food Project has been farming in Lincoln since 1992 and working at this plot of land, known as Baker Bridge Fields, since 1998.
The Food Project began growing in Beverly, Mass. in 2006. TFP currently grows food on two plots of land in Beverly: two acres at Long Hill Farm and five acres at Moraine Farm. Both of these farms are made up of historic conservation land owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. The food grown at these sites support TFP’s Beverly and Lynn CSAs, the Lynn Central Square farmers’ market, and several local hunger relief organizations.
In 2009, The Food Project partnered with the Glen Urquhart School to use half of their newly renovated, 7,000-square-foot greenhouse. The Food Project grows seedlings for our North Shore farms and community programs in the greenhouse and provides service-learning opportunities for students from the Glen Urquhart School.
In Boston, The Food Project grows food on two plots of land in the city’s Dudley neighborhood: 1.4 acres on West Cottage Street and 0.6 acres on Langdon Street. These urban farms are within a few blocks of each other and of The Food Project's Boston office. The food harvested from these farm sites supports the Dudley Town Common farmers' market and several local hunger relief organizations. Operation of these sites is made possible through partnerships with the City of Boston, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and residents of the surrounding community.
In 2010, The Food Project partnered with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to operate the 10,000-square-foot Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury. The greenhouse functions as a community space and year-round learning center for local residents and gardeners.
The Food Project's North Shore urban farms are located in Lynn, Mass. The Food Project has partnered with the Lynn School Department and the Lynn Community Development and Housing Corporation since 2005 to lease two parcels of land, totaling just under one acre of growing space, in the Ingalls School neighborhood. These parcels total a little over an acre of growing space. The food grown on this land is distributed through TFP's Lynn CSA, the Lynn Central Square farmers' market, the Ingalls School farm stand, the Lynn Housing Authority mobile markets, and several hunger relief organizations.
The Food Project is dedicated to training future farmers. In 1998, The Food Project helped launch the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), an agricultural training program for apprentices, interns, and workers on farms in eastern Massachusetts. CRAFT is now an independent organization, and The Food Project is a participating farm that offers training and farm visits to new and apprentice farmers. Currently, The Food Project trains new farmers through our grower's assistant positions.