Creating personal and social change through sustainable agriculture
The Food Project's mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. Our community produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities, and inspires and supports others to create change in their own communities.
We envision a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and everyone has access to fresh, local, healthy, affordable food.
- youth and adult partnerships are at the heart of our best work;
- we are stewards of our land, culture and community – and, in turn, they sustain us;
- our strength grows from diverse experiences, backgrounds, cultures and points of view;
- true learning is reciprocal and requires transparency, humility and bold action;
- in hard work that balances rigor, reflection and fun;
- all people have a right to healthy, affordable food that nourishes our lives and the planet we share.
I began working at The Food Project during the summer of 2008, as a Crew Leader in the Summer Youth Program. At the time, I was still in school at the University of the Wyoming, studying history, religion and the Middle East. Working at The Food project quickly became more than a summer job. I fell in love with the work and the people, and was hired in 2009 as the Program Coordinator for the North Shore site. In 2011 I became the Youth and Community Programs Manager and held that position until 2012. The Food Project sparked and cultivated a love of youth, community and agriculture in me and gave me the skills and confidence to pursue a career focused on growing food.
For more information about The Food Project please visit www.thefoodproject.org
Created by TFP Youth Alumni, Jack McKenzie
Hakim, Fernando & Derek walking to a work task at Canaan Farm
Taking a minute to appreciate each other
Harvesting peppers of all colors at Canaan Farm
Sally and Dammy weeding zinnias at Canaan Farm
Long rows of sweet lettuce at Canaan Farm
Getting ready to put onion seedlings in the ground
Heirloom tomatoes harvested at Ingalls Farm in Lynn
Ben and Devon irrigating a freshly prepped bed at Long Hill
Winter squash growing in the fields at Canaan
Before heading back to the harvest
Harvesting watermelons with volunteers at Moraine Farm in Beverly
Crew Leader Casey leading her crew to a much deserved water break
Ebbony showing off her skills
Jefferson and Abdoulaye play a game of soccer
Excitement at the end of the day at Long Hill
End of summer celebration with family, friends and staff at Long Hill
Preparing to present at the end of Summer Family Feast
Group discussion at Appleton Farms in Ipswich
Does a community's access to resources affect behavior?
Watching a Diversity Workshop during the Summer Youth Program
Eating together at Canaan Farm
Youth dancing in the back greenhouse during the Summer Youth Program Overnight
D.I.R.T. Crew learning how to can and preserve the end of season harvest.
Guide Me Well workshop during the Fall Retreat at The Farm School
D.I.R.T. VII at The Farm School Fall Retreat
Fall retreat at The Farm School
Julia and I transplanting Jerusalem Artichokes
D.I.R.T. Crew indoors at The Beacon Street Farm preparing for work and workshops
D.I.R.T. Crew working at the Beacon Street Farm in downtown Gloucester
The Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester
Food Drive at The Open Door in Gloucester
Loving life and work