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You can make sure healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables reach Americans in need by helping The Food Project plant gardens in Boston.

The Food Project (TFP) is transforming abandoned urban lots into verdant, productive farms that make nutritious fresh produce available in former food deserts. Diverse groups of teenagers from urban and suburban communities in the Greater Boston area are employed to help grow 250,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables on these farms each year—using organic methods! Approximately 40% of the food grown is donated to hunger relief organizations and homeless shelters, or sold at below-market rates at farmers' markets in Boston and Lynn, where food-assistance benefits are accepted. The Food Project's teenagers also help build backyard gardens in low-income neighborhoods so gardeners can safely grow their own food—and teach peers about healthy eating choices.

Help transform food deserts into food oases! Each dollar of your donation will support one square foot of The Food Project's farmland, where young leaders are cultivated, thousands of pounds of fresh produce are grown and distributed to those in need, and urban neighborhoods and backyards produce healthy food for local residents.

Reports from the Field

From Polly Reeve, Director of Development:

The Food Project added the 10,000 square-foot Dudley Community Greenhouse in Roxbury to its portfolio of food production sites. Half the space supports community food learning programs while the other half hosts a youth-driven social enterprise to generate revenue and teach basic business skills to teenagers in the Internship Program.

Besides The Food Project's farms, the organization has piloted a Build-A-Garden program including container gardening project for those without adequate space for a fully raised bed. Gardeners in the program report that they and their children are successfully growing food, enjoying the process, and eating better as a result.

About The Food Project

The Food Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in eastern Massachusetts, engages teenagers in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. On both urban and suburban farmland, TFP produces youth leaders by giving them deeply meaningful work and responsible roles. In addition to providing hunger relief, TFP teens are provided with valuable job experiences and a personal connection to the food system and issues of food justice. TFP also provides training resources to individuals and organizations interested in TFP's model of youth development and sustainable agriculture.

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