In 2014, The Food Project and a committee of residents from the Dudley neighborhood of Boston came together to envision a neighborhood food system, the beginning of what is now Dudley Grows.

This visioning and planning process, facilitated with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), engaged hundreds of residents over a period of nine months. Out of this process, the Dudley Grows vision and priorities were established:

  1. A resident-owned supply chain for great food, growing businesses that capture and build neighborhood wealth.
  2. Permanently secured vacant land for growing, so any resident who wishes to produce food can.
  3. Improved food in local schools, ensuring that youth are nourished with healthy food they enjoy.
  4. Physical development that supports the neighborhood food system.

Since 2015, the Dudley Grows coalition has brought together residents, neighborhood businesses, community development corporations, city agencies, and non-profit organizations to create significant changes in the neighborhood’s food landscape including:     

  • Three resident-owned markets and two restaurants now offering fresh, locally-grown food produce.
  • Community gardens built on two city-owned vacant parcels, now managed by resident leaders.
  • Five Dudley neighborhood schools participating in the Boston Public Schools/Shah Foundation school meals pilot.
  • Designs for a new commercial building on Dudley Street, on the community land trust, that includes space for a resident-owned café, expected to be completed by 2020.

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