Food from their farms is distributed through the community supported agriculture programs and farmers’ markets, and donated to local hunger relief organizations. The young people working, participate in all of these distribution streams, giving them valuable job experiences and a personal connection to our food system and issues of food justice.
Who: Each year The Food Project works with 120 teens and thousands of volunteers.
What: We grow over a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical fertilizers or pesticides and donate thousands of pounds of produce to local hunger relief organizations. We sell the remainder of our produce through community supported agriculture (CSA) farm shares and farmers’ markets.
Where: The Food Project farms on 70 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the towns and cities of Beverly, Wenham, Lynn, Boston, and Lincoln.
When: Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture.
How: Locally, we promote access to fresh, affordable produce by building raised-bed gardens for residents and organizations, offering garden-based educational programming, and providing opportunities for people to use SNAP/EBT benefits to purchase fresh food.
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