Creating personal and social change through sustainable agriculture
 

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Values

We believe:

  • 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

 

Summer Youth Program

Created by TFP Youth Alumni, Jack McKenzie

Youth Work

Youth Work

Hakim, Fernando & Derek walking to a work task at Canaan Farm

Crew Love

Crew Love

Taking a minute to appreciate each other

Pepper Color Wheel

Pepper Color Wheel

Harvesting peppers of all colors at Canaan Farm

Zinnias

Zinnias

Sally and Dammy weeding zinnias at Canaan Farm

Endless Lettuce

Endless Lettuce

Long rows of sweet lettuce at Canaan Farm

Onion Transplants

Onion Transplants

Getting ready to put onion seedlings in the ground

Tomato Harvest

Tomato Harvest

Heirloom tomatoes harvested at Ingalls Farm in Lynn

Laying Irrigation

Laying Irrigation

Ben and Devon irrigating a freshly prepped bed at Long Hill

Fields of Squash

Fields of Squash

Winter squash growing in the fields at Canaan

A Moment

A Moment

Before heading back to the harvest

Watermelon Harvest

Watermelon Harvest

Harvesting watermelons with volunteers at Moraine Farm in Beverly

Break Time

Break Time

Crew Leader Casey leading her crew to a much deserved water break

Jump Higher!

Jump Higher!

Ebbony showing off her skills

Play

Play

Jefferson and Abdoulaye play a game of soccer

A Job Well Done

A Job Well Done

Excitement at the end of the day at Long Hill

The Family Feast

The Family Feast

End of summer celebration with family, friends and staff at Long Hill

Skit Prep

Skit Prep

Preparing to present at the end of Summer Family Feast

Workshopping at Appleton

Workshopping at Appleton

Group discussion at Appleton Farms in Ipswich

Community Build! Workshop

Community Build! Workshop

Does a community's access to resources affect behavior?

All Eyes & Ears

All Eyes & Ears

Watching a Diversity Workshop during the Summer Youth Program

Dinner

Dinner

Eating together at Canaan Farm

Greenhouses at Night

Greenhouses at Night

Youth dancing in the back greenhouse during the Summer Youth Program Overnight

Preserving the Harvest

Preserving the Harvest

D.I.R.T. Crew learning how to can and preserve the end of season harvest.

Team Building at The Farm School

Team Building at The Farm School

Guide Me Well workshop during the Fall Retreat at The Farm School

Dynamic Intelligent Responsible Teenagers (D.I.R.T.) Crew

Dynamic Intelligent Responsible Teenagers (D.I.R.T.) Crew

D.I.R.T. VII at The Farm School Fall Retreat

D.I.R.T. VI at The Farm School

D.I.R.T. VI at The Farm School

Fall retreat at The Farm School

Backyard Growers Program in Gloucester

Backyard Growers Program in Gloucester

Julia and I transplanting Jerusalem Artichokes

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

D.I.R.T. Crew indoors at The Beacon Street Farm preparing for work and workshops

Beacon Street Farm

Beacon Street Farm

D.I.R.T. Crew working at the Beacon Street Farm in downtown Gloucester

Packing Food Boxes

Packing Food Boxes

The Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester

Truck is Loaded!

Truck is Loaded!

Food Drive at The Open Door in Gloucester

Happy Job

Happy Job

Loving life and work