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Grow Well and Eat Well this Summer

We are pleased to announce several new workshops in The Food Project's "Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well" workshop series! This summer, we will feature new workshops in the Dudley Greenhouse and in TFP's Dudley Street office. New workshops will include:

  • Disease and Pest Management Basics - An introduction to identifying and organically treating common diseases and pests in your garden
  • Summer Harvest Tips and Storage Ideas - Tips and techniques for correctly harvesting your crops 
  • Extending the Season - Making the most of your garden in the late fall and early spring
  • Tastings from the Garden - Simple ways to prepare common crops from your garden
  • Canning Basics - Preserving the summer's bounty for the colder months
  • One Vegetable, Four Ways - Basic cooking techniques and creative ways to cook two staple fall crops 

 

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Parasitic Wasps Protect TFP’s Tomatoes

Tomatoes in the Dudley Greenhouse
Tomatoes in the Dudley Greenhouse
In the back bay of the Dudley Greenhouse, past the seedlings and the community beds, hundreds of tomato plants are just reaching maturity. We call this part of the greenhouse the "Enterprise Bay." Later this week, Greenhouse Manager Danielle Andrews and Community Food Associate Jennie Msall will harvest the first batch of tomatoes. The tomatoes will be sold to restaurants in Boston and Cambridge and the revenue will contribute to the cost of operating the rest of the greenhouse.

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City Farm Fest is This Saturday!


Come celebrate spring with The Food Project! The Food Project will be holding its annual City Farm Fests in Lynn and Boston this Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All members of the community are invited to join us for gardening workshops; plant, seed, and gardening supplies sales; children’s activities; food; and more. Come learn how to start your garden, get expert tips on maintaining your garden, buy essential garden supplies, or simply enjoy the festivities!

 

 

Lynn City Farm Fest

WHERE: TFP's Munroe Street Garden, 100 Munroe Street, Lynn, Mass.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHAT:

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TFP Volunteers Start Food Truck

TFP's kale is on the menu!
TFP's kale is on the menu!
On Friday, April 20th, TFP volunteers Irene, Mei, and Andy Li officially opened their new food struck, the Mei Mei Street Kitchen. "Mei mei" (pronounced may-may) means "little sister" in Chinese, so it is an appropriate name for this sibling-run food truck that serves up creative Chinese food delicacies. Mei Mei has been cruising the streets of Boston for one week now and has been delivering delicious food around the city. Their dishes include pork buns, kale salad, macarons, and more.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen creates Chinese-American food that is made from locally-sourced and sustainably-produced ingredients. The three sibling owners all love food and strive to support local and regional food systems while delivering high quality and delicious food to their customers. They also connect with and support local organizations such as The Food Project and the Bowdoin Street Health Center's Healthy Food Access Project.

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City Farm Fest Will Be on May 12th

Come celebrate spring with TFP! The Food Project will be holding its annual City Farm Fest at the Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The festival will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with a workshop entitled "Pests, Diseases, and Harvesting Tips." From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., TFP staff and youth will be selling plants, seeds, and gardening supplies. The festival will also feature children's activities and food for everyone.

An additional plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dudley Greenhouse. Stop by to purchase cold-tolerant plants to get your garden started early this year! 

For more information about the City Farm Fest, please download a flier or contact Community Programs Coordinator Kathleen Banfield.

 

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Tomato Day at the Dudley Greenhouse

Attendees prepare to transplant.
Attendees prepare to transplant.
On Saturday, March 24, 15 community members enjoyed a day at the Dudley Greenhouse for The Food Project's tomato planting event. First, the group helped to plant tomato seedlings in the greenhouse’s enterprise bay. The tomato plants were started as seeds at Atlas Farm in Western Massachusetts, which belongs to The Food Project's former urban grower.

On Saturday morning, TFP intern Emily Walls explained how to plant the tomato seedlings to the group. She demonstrated digging a deep hole where there was a patch of fertilizer, gently placing the tomato in the hole, and patting soil firmly around the plant. After the demonstration, volunteers worked in pairs, speedily getting all 800 tomatoes in the ground.

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New “Grow Well” Workshop at Dudley Greenhouse

The Food Project will be presenting a new "Grow Well" gardening workshop entitled "Planning and Planting Basics." The workshop will take place three times in the upcoming month. We will also be repeating two popular workshops from earlier in the spring: "Tips for Getting Started Early" and "Pests, Diseases, and Harvesting Tips."

Don't miss out – these workshops are essential season-starters for the many container gardeners in our neighborhood!

Grow Well: Bringing your gardening skills to a new level

Planning and Planting Basics

* Saturday, March 31, 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.

* Saturday, April 14, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

* Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Tips for Getting Started Early

* Saturday, April 7, 10:00 - 11:30 A.M.

Pests, Diseases, and Harvesting Tips

* Saturday, May 12, 10:00 - 11:30 A.M.

Download a flyer for more information.

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Mother Caroline Students Discover Growing

A Student Plants Collards
A Student Plants Collards
Standing in a misshapen circle in the center of the Dudley Greenhouse's community bay, 12 middle school girls share their favorite food memories. They share delicious stories about eating new foods during their travels, sweet stories about cooking with their families, and funny stories about sharing snacks with their friends at school.

It is the first day in the greenhouse for a new group of 5th through 8th grade girls from the Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester, Mass. Girls from Mother Caroline have been visiting their four raised-bed gardens in the community bay of the greenhouse each week since the fall of 2011. The students grow vegetables in the greenhouse, learn about food systems and food justice, and visit Cooking Matters to learn to cook some of the vegetables that they have grown.

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Somali Gardeners Lead Cooking Workshop

RIAC coordinator Saida helps with the workshop.
RIAC coordinator Saida helps with the workshop.
Greenhouse gardeners Fadumo Khiere and Rahma Farah led friends, neighbors, and cooking enthusiasts in a cooking class about Somali food on Saturday, February 25 in the kitchen at The Food Project's office in Dorchester.

Fadumo and Rahma are gardeners from the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) who have been tending three garden plots in the Dudley Greenhouse for the past five months. In their plots, they are growing a variety of cold weather crops, including lettuce, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, cilantro, and cauliflower. Recently, they planted peas and green beans to be harvested in the coming months.

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Grow Well Workshop Tonight POSTPONED

Due to the snow forecasted for this evening, tonight's Grow Well Workshop 2: "Start Your Own Seeds" has been cancelled. The workshop has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 7, from 6:00 - 7:30pm at the Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave, Roxbury, MA.

Please contact Community Food Coordinator Danielle Andrews for more information about the rescheduled workshop.

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