The Food Project: Youth. Food. Community.

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We grow 250,000 pounds of vegetables each year and that requires a lot of hands. The Food Project depends on over 2,000 youth and adults to assist us in growing food at our city lots and rural farmland in Eastern Massachusetts. The work that you do during a morning at The Food Project is essential to helping us achieve our goal of providing sustainably and locally-grown food for hungry people in shelters and residents of Boston’s inner city and suburbs. We couldn’t meet this goal without you.

We are looking for individuals who would like to volunteer on our farms in Lincoln and Roxbury during the months of April-June and September-November. We work on the land Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, rain or shine. The work varies with season but includes planting, transplanting, weeding, soil preparation, harvesting and clean-up. The vegetables that you help to grow will feed hungry people at soup kitchens and shelters in Greater Boston, supply our inner city farmers markets, and be distributed through our Community Supported Agriculture program. You may find the work tiring, fun, or challenging, but you will certainly find it rewarding. No prior experience with farming is required.

How it Works
When:   Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
                in the Spring: April - June
                in the Fall: August 28 - November 1
Times:   9:30am-12:30pm
Where:  Lincoln (Baker Bridge Farm) or Roxbury (West Cottage Street Lot)
Who:  Everyone 17 or over is welcome.  No Prior experience is necessary.  We will provide all the training you need.

For details about volunteering at one of our North Shore locations, click here.

Program Details
Individual volunteers are an important part of our agricultural program, especially those that can make a committment to help once or twice a week throughout the season.  The farm staff depends on them to help with planting, weeding, and harvesting, especially on those days when groups are not signed up.  Individuals help us run the wash station, set up the CSA, pack crates for distribution to the Farmers' Markets or hunger relief organizations, and even lead volunteer groups.

If you can not make a weekly committment, we understand and invite you to join us when you can. Please email us for details at [email protected].

We ask that individual volunteers be 17 years or older. High school seniors, who need to complete service hours, are invited to work as an individual volunteer on the land without an adult.  We ask that youth (under the age of 17) who need to complete service hours, coordinate a group service day with the Serve & Grow Coordinator.  Please refer to Service Learning for Community and School Groups.

All individual volunteers are asked to complete an Individual Volunteer Emergency Contact and Medical Form prior to working on the land.  We will provide you with the form on your first volunteer day.

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions, and contact the Serve and Grow coordinator (info below) if you still have questions.

How do I sign up?
Contact the Serve and Grow coordinator at (781) 259-8621 x30 or email for more information [email protected].

The Food Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Tax ID: 04-3262532


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