Root Crew

Root Crew is The Food Project’s most advanced youth crew and drives much of the work we do on our farms and in our communities to create a just and sustainable food system.

As graduates of Seed Crew, these young leaders apply their knowledge and skills to take on projects that tackle real food system issues in their own communities.

Academic Season

During the academic season, Root Crew members create, teach, and facilitate workshops that address the causes and impacts of inequity in the food system. Equipped with this experience, they mobilize their peers and community members around food systems change. Additionally, Root Crew members lead volunteer groups on our urban and suburban farms, cultivate crops in our greenhouses in Boston and Lynn, and serve as peer leaders for Dirt Crew.

Summer Season

During the summer, Root Crew holds responsibility for much of the work done on our urban and suburban farms. They act as peer leaders for Seed Crew, lead harvests, and help run the CSA distribution on our farms. As food justice leaders, they manage The Food Project’s SNAP/HIP accessible farmers’ markets, and hone their skills community organizing working with The Food Project’s food security initiatives.

Project Example

The 2021 North Shore Root Crew created a cookbook – Sprouting Chefs – in hopes that it will teach people to view food differently, and that folks will get to try new types of food and cooking techniques. This cookbook is a collection of recipes that are near and dear to their hearts. It highlights family recipes and dishes that remind them of childhood or highlight wonderful restaurants in the North Shore. It is a cookbook is for anyone and everyone who’s interested in cooking, but it’s meant to be especially accessible for younger folks and beginners. The North Shore Root Crew hopes young people will become active leaders and we dream of a day when everyone can access fresh, local, healthy, affordable food.

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