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Jazz Under Glass: A Greenhouse Celebration

Ready for a Celebration
Ready for a Celebration
As seedlings from the Dudley Greenhouse's community bay make their way to backyards and community gardens across the city, we are sweeping up, rolling out tablecloths, and preparing for a celebratory evening of music, plants, food, and community. On Sunday, June 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee, The Food Project, and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative invite you to join us to celebrate the accomplishments from this past year and to toast to the future of our community greenhouse.

Come enjoy garden-inspired dishes prepared by local chefs and gardeners. Experience some of the gardening, cooking, and food system activities that have been taking place over the course of the past year. Take in the jungle of greenhouse tomatoes that will be just starting to ripen. Meanwhile, enjoy beautiful jazz music provided by Fulani Haynes and The Jazz Collaborative.

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Upcoming: Lincoln Seedling Sale

Tomato Seedlings
Tomato Seedlings
Dreaming of fresh basil and green beans? Plant a garden this spring! The Food Project will be holding a seedling sale at our Lincoln farm on Memorial Day weekend. The sale will run from Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

We'll be selling over 60 varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, including 21 varieties of tomatoes. Click here to see a list of varieties that will be for sale.

Join us under the big, white tent on the farm to get gardening tips from our farmers and meet some of our amazing youth who grow food on our farms and in their own gardens.

 

For more information, check out our plant sale web page or email [email protected].

 

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 - Monday, May 27, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. each day, rain or shine

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Upcoming: City Farm Fest!


The Food Project is pleased to announce City Farm Fest, a celebration of the beginning of spring and the start of the growing season! Please join us on Saturday, May 11 at the Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury for seedling, compost, and garden materials sales; soil testing and consultations; children's activities; and more. Enjoy fun and friends at the Dudley Greenhouse, get advice and materials for your garden, and enjoy some tasty food from one of Boston's finest food trucks. We will be accepting cash, credit, and debit for all sales and EBT for seedling sales.

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Lessons from a Lengthy Commute

Lucas
Lucas
The following blog was written by Food Project intern Lucas Munson. Lucas is 17 years old and lives in Arlington, Mass. He participated in The Food Project's Summer Youth Program in 2011 and in the Academic Year Program during the following school year. Currently, Lucas is an academic year intern.

 

Hey, my name is Lucas Munson, and I've been with The Food Project since the summer of 2011. What I have found most fascinating about The Food Project (TFP) is how it creates such a powerful network in such a large area. The Food Project helps each youth, myself included, develop a far greater understanding of what really is Boston. Whether a youth is from Boston, the suburbs, or the North shore, they are required to travel to a different part of the metro area for work. For me, this meant venturing to the heart of Roxbury.

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EVENT POSTPONED: Jazz Under Glass


   Due to a forecasted winter storm, this event has been postponed.   
  Please check back soon for details about the new date and exciting additions to the program!   

 

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CSA Shares Available Now!

Youth Harvesting Watermelons for the CSA
Youth Harvesting Watermelons for the CSA
On a sunny June afternoon, you are strolling up and down bountiful rows of vegetables of all sizes, shapes, and colors. As you pick your share of berries and peas for the week, you taste a few along they way. The sugar snap peas are crisp and fresh; the strawberries are sweet and tangy, and their delicious juice runs down your chin as you sink your teeth into the bright fruit. At the end of the row is the rest of your haul for the week: lettuce, spinach, arugula, swiss chard, garlic scapes, bok choi, radishes, turnips, and scallions, all grown here at The Food Project's farm in Lincoln, Mass. You take one last strawberry and gather up your bags of riches to head over to the herb garden.

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Dudley Greenhouse Seeks Seedling Proposals

Lettuce and Collard Seedlings
Lettuce and Collard Seedlings
Though the weather is still getting chillier and chillier, here at The Food Project we are already dreaming of spring. In just a few short months, the Dudley Greenhouse will be a jungle of seedlings destined for our farms, neighbors' gardens, and community gardens around Boston. Benches that are currently lying flat on our radiant-heated floor and growing various winter lettuce crops will be boosted up onto cement blocks and filled with trays of baby tomatoes, peppers, beets, kale, and many other crops that will eventually make their way outside.

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Dumplings with Your Neighbor

Susan Prepares Garlic Eggplant
Susan Prepares Garlic Eggplant
This blog was written by TFP Community Programs Associate Allison Daminger about the first installment in our "Cooking with Your Neighbor" workshop series this winter.

 

A small group huddles around a pot of boiling water in The Food Project's kitchen in Dorchester. "How will we know they're done?" asks one woman. The answer comes from across the room, where Shuyun (Susan) Zheng is busy slicing a head of Napa cabbage: "They're done when they float!" she calls.

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New Workshops This Winter!

The Food Project is excited to announce that we will be offering a variety of new workshops this winter through our "Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well" workshop series!

Our gardening workshops are taught by TFP staff and youth, and will focus on growing food during the winter and preparing your garden for the spring. During our cooking workshops, The Food Project invites local gardeners and cooks into our kitchen to share recipes from their respective cultures. Participants cook together and then celebrate with a sit-down meal. 

Participants are welcome to bring children to any of our workshops. Fun and structured children's activities will be available during all Saturday workshops.

This winter, the workshops will include:

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Nominate TFP for Seeds of Change!

Massachusetts FoodCorps Service Members
Massachusetts FoodCorps Service Members
Since August 2012, eight FoodCorps Service Members have been hard at work in communities across eastern Massachusetts educating children about growing and eating healthy food through hands-on garden- and kitchen-based learning. These ambitious young leaders are working in the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, Lynn, and Gloucester to build and expand school gardens; facilitate gardening and cooking workshops; offer taste tests; and more.

To support the work of these young educators, The Food Project is applying for a "Share the Good" grant from Seeds of Change. This winter, Seeds of Change will award twelve $10,000 grants to community-based organizations to support programs that will enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers, and communities. These grants are intended to help organizations that are working to increase access to fresh, nutritious food through community outreach and education.

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