2022 INstitute

For over thirty years, The Food Project has operated at the intersection of youth development, sustainable agriculture and community-building. Through our Institute training events, we share our methods and models, our history, and the learning we’ve done to create our nationally recognized youth development and farming programs.

 We are excited to announce that the 2022 Institute will take place over three days from Thursday 9/29 to Saturday 10/1! This year we will also include a shorter, virtual follow-up session in the month of November, to provide an opportunity to broaden our learning as participants reflect upon and integrate their learnings.

Online registration for the Institute has closed, but if you are still interested in joining us email  to inquire. Our next Institute will take place in Spring 2023, with exact dates to be announced.

The 2022 Institute will take place at three unique sites where The Food Project works in both urban and suburban settings, and offer a full day of immersion into the organization’s youth programs. Participants will have the opportunity to meet numerous current organization staff (across all program areas) and youth participants. The agenda is as follows: 

Thursday, 9/29/22: Youth Development Theory and Curriculum

8:30 AM – 4 PM, The Food Project, Lynn, MA 01910


Friday, 9/30/22: Agriculture, Food Distribution and Community Partnerships

8:30 AM – 4 PM, The Food Project’s Reynolds Farm, Wenham, MA 01984


Saturday 10/1/22: Deepening Learning through Youth Crew Immersion

8:30 AM – 4 PM, The Food Project, Dorchester, MA 02125


Virtual Follow-Up Session via Zoom

Reciprocal Learning: Adapting Program Models

2 pm – 5 pm, Wednesday, 11/16/22 (tentative date/time, to be confirmed)


Cost: The 2022 Institute will be $500 per participant. If this expense represents a hardship to you or the organization where you work, please email [email protected] to discuss the possibility of a sliding scale. 

Please note: 

  • In an effort to keep the event safe, Participants are encouraged to test for Covid-19 prior to attending the event each day. Those testing positive will not be able to attend the in person event and should reach out to .
  • The Food Project requires everyone to wear masks on shared transportation and, if unvaccinated, indoors.  Anyone with cold-like symptoms is strongly encouraged to wear a mask.  Outdoors, masks are not required. The majority of the training will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
  • COVID protocols subject to change based on increased risk level and state guidelines.

If you have questions about the Institute, please contact us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we are able!


Read what others have to say… 

“The Food Project is one of the few organizations that I have seen where youth are respected, nurtured, educated, and socialized in a way that benefits them and all of us. There is no better model of youth and justice work that I have seen.”

“The Food Project Institute was exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing around my fledgling ideas for a sustainable food project involving youth.”