The Food Project Annual Report
Power of Youth. Food. Community.
A Message from Our Board Chair Dear Friend of The Food Project, 2016 was quite a year. The Food Project, by many measures, experienced one of the most successful of its 25 years thanks to passionate leadership, engaged young people, and robust fundraising efforts. We are fortunate to have the dedicated and passionate leadership of Executive Director J. Harrison. J. and his team have embraced the three-year strategic plan you saw in last year’s Annual Report and have charged forward enacting meaningful food system change by working with community partners to make fresh, high-quality food and growing space available to all. Much of this progress depends on the hard work and dedication of our youth crews, whose energy and commitment is a constant source of amazement and inspiration.
board of trustees members 2016- 2017 Linda McQuillan, Chair Kim Reid, Clerk Joseph Francis Stein, Jr., Treasurer Nikkia A., Youth Nora Carey Rosemary Infante Costello Annalisa Di Palma Rachel E., Youth Sarah Gould Natasha Lamb Prebles Jaques Anmol Mehra Jeffrey M., Youth W. Andrew Mims Midori Morikawa Evan O., Youth Karleen Porcena Christopher Powell Diane Remin Charles Riemenschneider Katie Ryan Janet E. Selcer Peter B. Von Mertens Carolyn Zern
Front cover: Khadija M., 16, Boston, Seed Crew ‘16, using a hula hoe on the Lincoln farm, weeding the paths in a cabbage field. Above: Seed Crew workers, staff, and peer leaders enjoying a break on the Ingalls School Farm in Lynn.
Despite a severe drought and extremely hot weather, the young people who entered Seed Crew last summer were as eager and engaged as ever. This group built a strong community of their own, where they could address food and racial justice issues openly and safely during one of the most politically divisive times in recent history. As a result, these young leaders grew stronger and more confident, and learned how to adapt to challenges. We were honored to receive several multiyear grants from foundations that recognized the power of youth and community working to produce a more sustainable and just food system for everyone. I send my heartfelt thanks to each of you who made donations in support of this work. The Food Project is a hopeful place. As our alumni base continues to grow, our impact on positive food system change will expand exponentially. These alumni ambassadors carry with them the hope, as well as the love of land and people, that The Food Project holds as core values. I would like to say a very special thank you to my predecessor, Dylan Sanders, who stepped down after four years as chair of the board of trustees. Dylan’s thoughtful leadership has been a gift to us all. His commitment as co-chair of 2017’s Big Shindig is another instance of his incredible generosity. And finally, on behalf of The Food Project, I would like to thank all of our individual donors, family and private foundations, and business and community partners, who make our work possible. We are humbled by your trust and generosity. Sincerely,
Linda McQuillan Chair, Board of Trustees
of Contents Youth. Food. Community.
The Power of Planning
The Power of Neighborhood-Grown
The Power of Working Together
The Power of Change The Power of Sharing The Power of Youth, Food, and Community Alumni Spotlight Nikkia A., 16, Boston, Assistant Crew Leader and Trustee
In a way, Nikkia has been a member of The Food Project family since she was in elementary school. As a student at the Mason School, she would visit a garden near the school, harvest vegetables, then take that food to make lunch in The Food Project’s Dudley Street office. Nikkia fondly describes those as, “the best days of my life.”
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Nikkia recalled those happy times when she was looking for her first summer job. When she saw a posting for Seed Crew, Nikkia, “didn’t think to apply for any other jobs.” Now, in her third year with The Food Project, Nikkia is an assistant crew leader for Seed Crew, setting an example and helping Seed Crew workers learn to step out of their comfort zones, while facing their fears and growing. Nikkia learned to face her fears by building raised-bed gardens in the Dudley neighborhood during Dirt Crew. In Nikkia’s case, her fear came in the form of a large power tool—a saw that she felt was for sure going to, “kill me if I didn't use it properly.” “I changed by being at The Food Project. I developed some ‘guts’ and now I'm closer to conquering my fears than I used to be.” As an assistant crew leader, Nikkia is rising to the challenge of leadership and feels that she can, “help the other youth who are where I used to be, and learning from them what I probably never would've learned if I wasn't in this position.”
“I changed by being at The Food Project. I developed some ‘guts’ and now I'm closer to conquering my fears than I used to be.”
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acres farmed Clockwise from top: Hazel Keifer, Lynn urban farm manager; Eric R., 17, Lynn; and Esmayle G., 18, Lynn, harvesting curly kale. Gaurav Dangol, Seed Crew Leader. Root Crew members at the Dudley Town Common Farmers Market. Celeste C., 16, Lynn harvesting zucchini. Purple Rain eggplant. Jeffrey M., 17, Hamilton; and Elizabeth A., 16, Lynn weeding basil.
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The Power of Planning Last year, The Food Project embarked on a three-year strategic plan that focused our efforts in driving food system change by clarifying our approach, contribution, and impact. With the first year complete, it is clear that we’re on the right track. The four strategies introduced in last year’s Annual Report—to catalyze neighborhood food production, build win-win distribution systems, evaluate the impact of our models, and contribute to our field through sharing our models—allow better direction of the energy and resources of The Food Project towards the creation of a sustainable food system. In turn, we are able to move with confidence, respond to new opportunities in our communities, and engage with a partnership of state-wide collaborators. In the coming pages, you will find an update on each of the four strategies. We have made great progress towards the goals defined by the strategic plan and are poised to continue with phase two. In 2017, The Food Project is stronger and more flexible than it has ever been. This flexibility has allowed us to respond to the needs of our community partners with innovative solutions that create real food system change. We are especially excited about deepening our work with the public school systems in Lynn and Boston and to utilize our expertise with handson education that engages students in a healthy and just food system. Additionally, we are continuing our important work with the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, FoodCorps, and Massachusetts’ Healthy Incentives Program—all of whom are valuable partners in the shared goal to make healthy food available to everyone in the Commonwealth. As we move into the new season, we are filled with excitement, curiosity, and hope.
The Food Project envisions a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities are connected to the land and to each other, and everyone has access to fresh, healthy, affordable, high-quality food.
And as always at The Food Project, we tend the land and care for the soil, we create a place where people of all ages can take risks, work through discomfort, and grow. We invest in our most important natural resource—people—and our capacity to work together, find shared purpose, and cooperate. These three things—the land, our own learning and growth, and our ability to cooperate—are so simple and yet extraordinarily difficult to do well. They require care, humility, commitment, great effort, and patience. It is only with your continuing support that we can achieve our goal of building a food system that is strong for everyone. The Food Project invites you to share this journey and make healthy food a reality for all.
1. Catalyze Neighborhood Food Production Gardens and small farms in the city are important components of a sustainable, regional food system. They play a significant role by providing supplemental fresh food, helping to build and maintain culture, and ensuring local control in the food system. We will continue to expand our urban agriculture work in coming years by constructing more gardens and maintaining support for gardeners.
2. Build Win-Win Distribution Systems Local farms are positioned to be responsive to the needs of their customers. Through direct sales, local farms adapt what they grow to uniquely serve the needs of their customers. As a non-profit, we can experiment and innovate in ways commercial farms cannot. We will continue to work with community partners to develop, test, and share distribution models that work both for local farms and for customers in Lynn and Dudley, with a particular focus on developing, and advocating for, healthy food subsidies and alternative payment systems.
3. Evaluate the Impact of Our Models In order to better understand our impact, refine our models, and provide better training and support of our partner organizations, we will work with our board of trustees, community partners, and the academic community to measure the impact of our food system work.
4. Contribute to Our Field Through Sharing Our Models The Food Project has long been a leader in youth development and sustainable agriculture. Through our Institutes, materials, and other training initiatives, we have supported hundreds of organizations in bridging differences, improving community food systems, and cultivating youth leadership. By sharing our models and experience in the field, our work is shaping the lives of young people and communities across the country and the world. annual report 2015–2016 • 3
The Power of Neighborhoo We believe that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy produce and the space to grow it. One of The Food Project’s strategic goals is to catalyze neighborhood food production in the cities of Boston and Lynn. In 2016, youth achieved this by building gardens, supporting gardeners with workshops, and by offering low-cost seedlings, compost, dirt, and other materials. While Dudley and Lynn have seen high rates of food insecurity, these activities contribute to vibrant, healthy communities where everyone has access to fresh food. Throughout 2016, The Food Project undertook a number of initiatives to meet this critical strategic goal. These initiatives include nearly year-round food production in the Dudley Greenhouse, building 105 raised-bed gardens in Boston and Lynn, partnering with Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development ensuring residents have access to gardening space, strengthening our long-time partnership with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, hosting City Farm Fests in Dudley and Lynn, converting vacant urban land into a beautiful community garden space, and much more.
Five Years in the Dudley Greenhouse 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the Dudley Greenhouse. Being able to grow in the greenhouse has changed not only how much food we can grow, but also how many people can engage with local food production. The year-round bounty of the greenhouse is fueled by volunteers, neighbors, youth, and donors who give their time, energy, and resources to help the Dudley Greenhouse thrive.
The greenhouse is a living organism, teeming with life not just from the plants, but also from people. Many hands made light work when the seedling team sprang into action in February. This team ensured that over 15,000 seedlings were available for May’s City Farm Fest sale, supplying local gardeners with everything they needed for the season. The seedling team also planted over 42,000 seedlings for The Food Project’s Boston farms—which transformed into thousands of pounds of food for the community.
Dudley Greenhouse growers
Lead volunteer Mimose Cepeda—a neighbor and long-time greenhouse grower—loves the buzz in the air. As she puts it, “I try to come to the greenhouse every Saturday to help. Every week there are more plants and the space fills up. I see neighbors and friends. It’s like a family.” Community members like Mimose are integral to the Greenhouse family. In 2016, 15 groups used the Greenhouse to engage in learning, community-building, and sharing food system initiatives. These relationships are a major part of the work we share with our Dudley neighbors to build a strong, locallycontrolled food system.
Raised-Bed Gardens In 2016, Dirt Crew installed or rehabilitated 105 raised-bed gardens at local homes, churches, public housing complexes, libraries, YMCAs, and other locations throughout Boston and Lynn. These “Build-a-Gardens” play an important role in local food production, neighborhood beautification, and in connecting generations to cultural heritage and community relationships. There are as many “garden stories” as there are gardeners. For some, their garden bed serves as a reminder of life in another country or happy times with family. Others find that gardening provides relief from the stresses of life, and many are excited to be growing food for the first time. With more people in Lynn requesting gardening space, Dirt Crew doubled the growing space at the Ames Community Garden and built 14 new beds for seniors at Wall Plaza. In Dudley, youth built an elevated bed for two seniors who found that tending a groundlevel garden was no longer possible. Additionally, youth rehabilitated gardens that, after years of use, had worn out their wooden frames. While Dirt Crew has long had the responsibility for building garden beds, in 2016 they expanded their role to include coordinating directly with the gardeners. In 2017, they will have the added responsibility for managing the outreach, facilitation, and presentation of the Garden Basics workshops that support new gardeners. 4 • the food project
Mimose Cepeda, Dudley Greenhouse Grower
City Farm Fests Suppo
The Food Project supports hundreds of garden In 2016, our North Shore Dirt Crew took the Fa Fest to serve the seniors at Lynn Housing Auth Court and Wall Plaza facilities. Working with seniors, and to empower residents to grow th
od-Grown Folsom Street Community Garden The Dudley neighborhood has an abundance of vacant lots, many of which are owned by the City of Boston. With development pressures increasing in this area, local residents set a priority to conserve some currently vacant land as productive growing space for urban gardeners and farmers. The Folsom Street Community Garden was one such project. After a winter of knocking on doors and talking with neighbors, Root Crew identified what is now the Folsom Street A.J. H., 15, Boston, and Rose G., 16, Boston—working on Folsom Street Community Garden Community Garden lot as a space with adequate sun, a flat grade, and with numerous neighbors interested in gardening. In spite of weeds and trash, the Folsom Street Community Garden was easy to imagine as a vibrant, productive growing space, and dozens of neighbors joined Root Crew and staff to build gardens in the spring. During the summer, 12 gardeners grew food for their families on this lot and it is being transferred from the city’s ownership to the local community land trust, ensuring that this land will be available for gardening as long as Dudley residents want it.
Folsom Street growers
“Connecting with people through gardening and seeing how I can make a difference helps me build confidence in myself.”
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ners each year through our City Farm Fests in Lynn and Dudley. arm Fest concept a step further by implementing a Mobile Farm hority and Neighborhood Development’s (LHAND) Meadow LHAND has been an amazing way to connect young people with heir own fresh, healthy food.
Cassandra Johnson, Build-a-Gardener and Build-A-Garden Consultant.
Cassandra Johnson, a second year Build-a-Gardener and volunteer at the West Cottage Farm, has taken on the responsibility of meeting with new Build-a-Garden applicants to orient them and select a location for their raised-bed. “Connecting with people through gardening and seeing how I can make a difference helps me build confidence in myself,” Cassandra says. “It makes me feel like I’m doing something that matters to people and makes me feel good.”
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The Power of A sustainable food system is one that is healthy for the land, for all people, and for the local economy that drives it. To create a sustainable food system, you must invest in the health of the soil and water, ensure that everyone has access—geographic, financial, and cultural—to the food one needs to be healthy and happy, and invest in the people who are growing the food. We are excited to work with strong partners in the community to create “win-win” models that have led to the transformation of land—otherwise left unused—for farms, increased produce supplied to area hunger relief organizations, and to build thriving neighborhood food systems. The Food Project made great progress in 2016 towards our strategic goal of creating “winwin” food distribution models that care for the growers, the consumers, and the land. Maybe it should be called “winwin-win.”
$29,432 SNAP/WIC/Bounty Bucks sales
Transitions on the Beverly Land For more than ten seasons, the Long Hill Farm in Beverly has been The Food Project’s primary growing space on the North Shore. That farm has supplied produce for CSA members, sales to area restaurants, donations to hunger relief organizations, and the SNAP-accessible Central Square Farmers Market in Lynn. During the 2016 season, our growers transitioned more growing space from the Long Hill Farm to the 34-acre Reynolds Farm, allowing the Long Hill Farm to rejuvenate. For the 2017 season, the Long Hill Farm will continue to be the pick-up site for Beverly CSA shares, and will see more of the North Shore Root Crew as they take on expanded responsibility for the care of this farm.
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Three Years on the Wenham Land
The third season at Reynolds Farm (leased to The Food Project by the Wenham Conservation Commission) saw great results from an organic approach to rebuilding and caring for the soil. These methods have enabled increased yields each year— bolstering our initiatives that increase food access on the North Shore. Additionally, thanks to the generous support of donors like you, The Food Project invested in the infrastructure required to cultivate larger plots efficiently and sustainably—adding a well and irrigation system, farming machinery, and tents to house youth programming on the farm. In 2014, our first season on the Reynolds Farm, we were able to cultivate just a halfacre plot. In 2016, we cultivated five acres, with the plan to increase the number of acres under production each year. With more produce, The Food Project will be able to better serve the needs of the communities on the North Shore by providing more food to area hunger relief organizations, restaurants and business in Lynn, and SNAP-accessible farmers markets. As we develop a win-win food distribution network throughout the North Shore, the Reynolds Farm will be our primary farm in the region, helping build an equitable and inclusive community-controlled food system that works for all.
200,000 pounds of produce harvested
Work for Share
Dudley Grows: From Planning to Action Dudley Grows is a vibrant neighborhood collaborative facilitated by The Food Project and longtime partner, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). In 2015, the collaborative began a neighborhood food system planning process that culminated in an action-plan defined by residents. The priorities were to create a food system that captures community wealth, conserves vacant land for food production, increases local, fresh food in corner stores and restaurants, and expands access to fresh produce for all residents. In 2016, The Food Project shifted organizational resources to support this vision. In April, the Lincoln growers planted two acres Dudley Grows quarterly meeting on the Baker Bridge Farm to feed the first round of win-win experiments in Boston’s Dudley neighborhood: supplying culturally-relevant crops to local Dudley businesses. For the first time on such a large scale, the Lincoln farm grew culturally-specific crops such as cousa squash, Tongue of Fire beans, and habanero peppers, along with more commonly available items like carrots, collard greens, and winter squash.
“For the first time, we are using organic produce at Nôs Casa, thanks to The Food Project. Even though it costs a little bit more, eating healthier is a better option.”
Work for Share is an opportunity on our North Shore farms that offers community members the chance to exchange hard work on the farm for fresh vegetables, seedlings, and more. Work for Share started as an experiment in early 2016 as a way for us to increase our capacity to develop new land, increase production for our Lynn farmers market, and build inroads into the community.
Ellen Nordquist, a Work for Share volunteer on our Beverly and Wenham farms, learned of the opportunity through her daughter who had worked with The Food Project. Ellen began Work for Share when changes in her life gave her time to try something new. She found that working the land was therapeutic and gave her a chance to work with a diverse group of people engaged in growing food to benefit their community.
Ellen reflected on the experience of watching the Wenham farm develop from a bare field into a thriving farm. “It was great to watch Ben (the Beverly/Wenham farm manager) work the land from the beginning—measuring rows, bringing in soil, etc.” Ellen is excited for the future of the Wenham land and to watch the positive difference the farm will make in the community.
Neighborhood restaurants, retailers, and non-profit organizations were enthusiastic customers of produce grown at The Food Project. Within a mile of our Dorchester office, produce from The Food Project showed up regularly on the menu at Singh’s Roti, in a line of new grab-and-go salads at Nôs Casa Café, in children’s lunches at two ABCD Head Start sites, and in Alex’s Ugly Sauce, which was bottled down the street at CommonWealth Kitchen. We were especially thrilled to supply Fresh Food Generation: a social enterprise that runs -Ana Fidalgo, owner of Nôs Casa Café a food truck, catering business, and café, all within blocks of the West Cottage Farm where founders (and alumni of The Food Project), Cassandria Campbell and Jackson Renshaw, first worked as teens. The commitment to innovative distribution in the Dudley neighborhood meant decreasing the number of market-rate CSA shares and trading secure revenue to take a risk on these mission-aligned opportunities. This brought a high potential for progress and learning, along with a chance of lower financial return. Thank you to the supporters who helped make this first season of experiments a success. We’re proud to have delivered on our commitment to develop win-win models, donate excess harvest to hunger relief organizations, and reinvest the revenue we earned from these endeavors into community priorities. A thriving neighborhood food system requires a broad approach. The Food Project is proud to partner with visionary Dudley residents working to bring more great food to the neighborhood in ways that capture and build wealth.
“Every time I left, I felt like I had accomplished something significant.”
Work for Share members
Cassandria Campbell, Seed Crew ‘99 (left), and Jackson Renshaw, Seed Crew ‘06 (right), founders of Fresh Food Generation, with Fresh Food Generation crew member Ashley Figueroa (center)
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The Power of Change The Food Project is an organization that, like the crops on our farms and the young people who tend them, never stops growing. Change here is constant and the engine that drives this change is our evolving evaluation processes. We made great progress in 2016 establishing evaluation protocols to help us better understand our impact, refine our models, and provide better support for our partner organizations. We will build on these efforts going forward to help us continue learning about ourselves while deepening our work with youth, food, and community.
What Does Your Garden Grow? In April of 2016, Brandeis University Professor Sara Shostak along with students Beth He, and Norris Guscott, research assistant and former FoodCorps service member based at The Food Project, released “Grounded in the Neighborhood, Grounded in Community: Social Capital • Meadow Court community and Health in garden in Lynn Community • Cook Street community Gardens.” The garden in Lynn study began in • Dudley neighborhood late 2015 with • Build-a-Garden participants the goal of better • Dudley Greenhouse growers understanding the effect of gardens on their gardeners. Shostak, He, and Guscott conducted focus groups with Build-a-Garden participants in Lynn and Boston to record participants’ experiences, while learning how gardeners have been changed by Build-aGarden. 32 gardeners surveyed from:
Notable themes that arose from these conversations were that gardens not only provide fresh food and physical activity, they also have the power to strengthen social networks, preserve and transmit cultural identities and practices, improve access to healthy food, and serve as a means of resisting racism and oppression.
Meadow Court Community Gardeners
While community gardens may begin as a way to simply grow healthy food, one of their ultimate assets is bringing people together to create a sense of community, pride, and strength. Gardens quickly became a means to address neighborhood challenges and became a source of personal agency, peace, and healing. Gardeners from Lynn’s Cook Street garden summed this up, saying, “We’ve shut down drug houses because of a garden. Nobody is an enemy and the idea is to change the attitude in the neighborhood and that’s what we’ve been doing.” Participants shared how the gardens had positively impacted intergenerational community-building, saying that the garden is, “a place where parents, children, and grandparents can find common ground.” Many of the gardeners surveyed were immigrants to the U.S. and they found that the gardens became an expression of their cultural heritage and a way to teach their children about the foods and customs from their countries of origin. Several gardeners of color commented that their gardens served as a place of refuge from the stresses of racism, and that community gardens can be places of healing that bridge the differences of race. One Dudley Greenhouse grower described their garden as a, “magical space” and, “an escape from the world of privilege” that they work in. Another grower shared their view that gardening, “helps to alleviate the stress that communities of color experience as a result of systemic racism and oppression.” This comprehensive study brought to light many important community issues and demonstrated the positive outcomes that community garden space can have on individuals, families, and communities. The study has confirmed what The Food Project has known for a long time: that gardeners are caretakers and their care extends well beyond their plants and soil. Dirt Crew will continue to build 100 garden beds each year to expand this significant resource for our communities. The full report can be found online at: http://thefoodproject.org/research
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120 young people in Seed Crew, Dirt Crew, & Root Crew
Yulissa D., 17, Lynn, Seed Crew
Youth Outcomes Project
Seed Crew Survey
Every youth who joins Seed Crew comes to The Food Project with their own set of experiences, knowledge, and judgments. The “Youth Outcomes Project” is an ongoing effort to better understand what each young person takes away from their time at The Food Project: what they have learned, what they have accomplished, and how they will utilize these new skills. From the first day of Seed Crew to the last day of Root Crew, youth at The Food Project embark on a set of consistent learning objectives. These objectives are achieved through a curriculum that leads young people through a careful learning arc, and through the rigorous and committed participation of the young people themselves. In 2016, The Food Project sought to better understand this existing evaluation tool by creating and launching a survey for Seed Crew and developing a unique set of core competencies for Dirt Crew.
The Seed Crew pre-survey asked incoming Seed Crew workers questions that focused on what they would be learning over the course of the summer. The survey was designed to set a baseline regarding three key goals for the summer that included a young person’s understanding of food systems, leadership skills and self-awareness, and their knowledge of community building and engagement. Within each of these goals, we examined several sub-categories of a Seed Crew worker’s knowledge. For instance, in the “food systems” goal, we delved into a young person’s knowledge of the “seed to fork” concept and whether eating healthy food was always a choice or if it was a matter of social justice. In “leadership,” we asked questions that tried to surface a young person’s ability to relate to their peers from different backgrounds and build relationships that contribute to their personal growth. When we evaluated their knowledge of “community,” we did a deep dive into a youth’s feelings of connection to the land, and how they might address privilege and oppression while working to build safe spaces for all. The Seed Crew pre-survey gives our youth development staff a basis by which to measure progress over the course of a young person’s time at The Food Project. We will build from this process by developing and administering a post-Seed Crew survey in an effort to better understand the change that occurs within each Seed Crew participant over the summer season.
Dirt Crew Core Competencies In 2016, youth development staff developed the first set of core competencies for Dirt Crew. They are currently in the evaluation phase and testing those competencies against the work of both the Greater Boston and North Shore Dirt Crews. Going forward, we will be seeking feedback from our staff and Dirt Crew members to revise these core competencies as their work evolves. Additionally, we will use the learnings from the Seed Crew surveys to develop a similar preand post-survey for Dirt Crew to be implemented next fall.
294 households received a CSA farm share
Jeffrey M., 16, Marblehead, Root Crew
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The Power of Sharing With 26 years of experience, The Food Project has long been a leader in the fields of youth development and sustainable agriculture. We provide training and tools to other food justice, farming, and youth empowerment organizations with lessons from our years in the field. We can use our experience as a catalyst for others by sharing our models with other organizations and training tomorrow’s food justice leaders.
The Food Project’s Institute The Food Project’s Institute is one of the most powerful ways we share our models with the world. Held twice a year—once in the summer and once in the winter—The Food Project hosts people from around the world who want to learn from our experience. From as close as Boston and Worcester, to as far as Bangladesh, attendees include people who work for established organizations looking for help, and individuals interested in launching an organization modeled after The Food Project. This is how the power of sharing explodes: when people who have learned from The Food Project replicate, adapt, and evolve the models begun at The Food Project all across the world. Attendees are embedded in work on our farms during the summer and take part in real-time workshops with Dirt Crew and Root Crew in the winter. Participants get an inside look into how we plan, implement, and evaluate a yearround, tiered youth leader development structure, as well as gain experience in meaningful and productive youth/adult partnerships. In the 18 years the Institute has been offered, The Food Project has supported hundreds of individuals and organizations from the U.S., Canada, Mozambique, El Salvador, and across the globe. The Institutes continue to inspire and offer models to bridge differences, improve community food systems, and develop young leaders in their own communities around the globe.
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2016 Institute attendees
Grow Dat Youth Farm Grow Dat Youth Farm is a youth leadership development organization based in New Orleans that is modeled after The Food Project. Their mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Since their founding six years ago, Grow Dat has graduated over 200 young leaders, grown over 65,000 pounds of food, and donated almost 20,000 pounds of food through their Shared Harvest partners. Each year, Grow Dat employs young people from across New Orleans on their seven-acre farm. These young people work in diverse teams to do the difficult work of farming, while participating in activities that enhance key leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of justice in the food system. The Food Project has been honored to host members of the Grow Dat team at our summer Institutes each year since 2011. “Staff return from the Institute inspired by The Food Project’s fun and rigorous organizational culture and the work they’ve accomplished,” said Grow Dat’s Founder and Executive Director, Johanna Gilligan. “Much of our organizational DNA is borrowed from The Food Project. We are grateful for their mentorship in engaging youth in the powerful work of growing food.”
Young farmers from Grow Dat Youth Farm
“Staff return from the Institute inspired by The Food Project’s fun and rigorous organizational culture and the work they’ve accomplished.” -Johanna Gilligan, Grow Dat Founder and Executive Director
Growing Together Across Generations In early 2016, the North Shore region wrapped up Growing Together, a project that brought together youth and adults from diverse community groups in Lynn. Launched in partnership with the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, this 18-month-long series of workshops fostered youth leadership and developed actionable policies to encourage a sustainable food system in Lynn and neighboring communities. Led by The Food Project’s Root Crew, Growing Together workshops were attended by more than 100 local residents interested in contributing to a better food system. These immersive sessions included farm work, cooking together, cultural sharing, and discovering the ins and outs of our food system. Ultimately, Growing Together launched two exciting initiatives that will inform our upcoming work in Lynn: • •
Surveying 500 Lynn community members to learn how they experience the food system. Mapping and cataloging the food access points in Lynn, including grocery stores, hunger relief organizations, cornerstores, restaurants, farmers markets, and more.
Attendees of a community workshop held in Lynn
Summer Institute attendees; A.K.M. Maksud, Paige Trubatch, Reaz Hossain, Asia-Vinae Palmer; and Jamol W., 15, Boston, Seed Crew; Liibaan A., 15, Boston, Seed Crew annual report 2015–2016 • 11
The Power of Youth, The Food Project was founded with an invocation from Ward Cheney, “For love of land and people, for the good of the community.” Behind this invocation and the core purpose of The Food Project is a belief in the fundamental value of all people, of the land, and of work in service of the greater good. The Food Project is a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds working in shared purpose to build a food system that is consistent with these core values. Our vision is of a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and everyone has access to high quality food. In service of this vision and through our work, we strive to account for and address racism, sexism, and other forms of social inequality. These persistent and historical social forces are a violation of the fundamental value of all people and do profound harm to youth and adults at The Food Project, to the communities we call home, and to the human family. These inequities must be addressed in order to achieve our vision and mission, but also as an end in and of itself, and in this we must continue as we started, with Ward’s initial words, “For love.” In this spirit and with immense courage, youth at The Food Project show the world what is possible. They come as strangers, with different backgrounds and experiences of the world, and learn to work together, to look out for each other, and to recognize that their success together depends on each individual doing their part. They learn about social inequality and the need to account for it in order to do their work. They show us a future that might be—where people are courageous, take responsibility when they fail each other, and work across difference in shared purpose—a future where “them” becomes “us.” At the beginning of each summer, each new Seed Crew worker is asked to write their most important word on a flip chart and explain to their new peers what their word means. They come forward one at a time to share something core to who they are and what they value. For each youth, this marks the beginning of a journey at The Food Project where they will be challenged physically, mentally, and emotionally each day. For The Food Project, these new words represent the addition of new people, ideas, beliefs, and values to our organization, and through them, an opportunity to learn and grow. At this time, when the core values of The Food Project seem more critical and needed than at any time in our 26 years, we share them with hope.
J. Harrison Executive Director
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Food, and Community
enough balance choice devotion
shoes forbearance being
persistent welcome praxis
Abby F., 16, Essex, and Rediet H., 17, Lynn, both in Root Crew. The words above were shared by young people at The Food Project during a workshop called Most Important Word.
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Alumni Spotlight An Interview with Leah Penniman, The Food Project Alumna and Co-Director of Soul Fire Farm Growing up in a rural area of Massachusetts, Leah Penniman, co-director of Soul Fire Farm and an alumna of The Food Project, learned to connect with nature and says that it was a, “kinder companion than some of my peers, especially as we were the only mixed-race family in town.” This background also helped Leah develop her passion for social justice. Leah Penniman discovered The Food Project by reading a Seed Crew recruitment flyer in a Boston church. She was attracted to the chance to work outdoors and dig more deeply into the social justice work that she had already been engaging in. Seed Crew was a transformative experience that set Leah on her life’s journey. “There was something about the simplicity of planting, and tending, and reaping, and feeding the community that provided an antidote to the craziness of teenage years.” Some of the lessons she learned from Seed Crew provided a powerful reflection on privilege and its impact on who gets access to resources. The biggest lesson for Leah was the discovery of her love of farming and food justice. In 2011, Leah co-founded Soul Fire Farm out of a desire to end racism and injustice in the food system while providing access to healthy food. Each year, the organization trains hundreds of new farmers, focusing on the needs of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous farmers. “We should all have a stake in the food system,” says Leah. “One of our main goals at Soul Fire Farm is to increase farm ownership among Black, Latinx, and Indigenous farmers.” According to the USDA, only about five percent of farms in the U.S. are owned or managed by people of color. At the height of Black farm ownership in 1910, about 14 percent of farms were owned by Blacks. Looking at the people growing our food, that number is almost reversed, with about 75 percent of our food grown by brown laborers—many of whom are not paid a living wage. Soul Fire Farm collaborates nationally with National Black Food and Justice Alliance, Black Land and Liberation Initiative, the Black Urban Growers, and many other organizations to create policy platforms and to create change in the food system. Leah also spreads her vision of a more just food system through her prolific writing on the topics of food and social justice, and by speaking at national conferences on food justice. She is a Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Fellow and has been recognized with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, among many other accolades.
Leah Penniman, Seed Crew ‘96 (bottom row)
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Perhaps above all, Leah’s greatest passion is empowering young people to change the world and, specifically, the food system. “It’s really powerful to witness the brilliance of young folks. Obviously, food is one of the issues that is important to them but it’s really intersectional. Giving young people the mic is absolutely essential.”
“There was something about the simplicity of planting, and tending, and reaping, and feeding the community that provided an antidote to the craziness of teenage years.”
Alumni Connections “To me, food justice means food for all. I can count many times where growing up money was tight and I really didn’t have the opportunity to eat a healthy meal or to eat all three meals. No one should go hungry. In our society, there are a lot of challenges many people face. What food they are putting on the table, or if there is food to put on the table, should not be one of them.” -Omar Carranza, Seed Crew ‘11
“Growing food challenges me to really think. What I mean by that is, you can think about a lot of things and put it into food. In your own life you start out small, nothing major to the world. But you are able to grow into something powerful— something that can change a life or feed somebody.” -Zeke Mercer-McDowall, Seed Crew ‘10
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Year in Review The Food Project’s FY2016 was the first since shifting our fiscal year start date from July 1 to October 1. Changing the fiscal year helped in a number of ways, including goal setting and planning for the next fiscal year, while creating better alignment with the agricultural calendar. A September 30 end date means that our fiscal year ends with the harvest season and places us in a better position to anticipate resource needs—produce sales, individual contributions, grants, and more—before beginning a new fiscal year.
REVENUE BY SOURCE (FY16) 2% 2%1%
Programs & Training Raffles
As noted in our 2015 Annual Report, this change to the fiscal year end date of June 30, 2015 resulted in a three month “stub year.” Here, we are reporting on our financials for both the three month (July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015) gap, and fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016). Your support makes everything at The Food Project possible. Thank you!
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITY REVENUE Donations Food Sales Investments Programs & Training Material Raffles total revenue
EXPENSES BY CATEGORY (FY16)
stub year $257,442 $219,632 $5,825 $11,816 $100 $483,165
FY16 $2,746,191 $333,733 $82,251 $66,343 $14,786 $3,243,304
EXPENSES Youth Development Programs $463,979 Suburban Farming $108, 999 Urban Farming & Community Agriculture $96,436 Volunteer & Outreach Programs $124,624 Food Access $28,858 total expenses $822,896
$918,514 $571,945 $177,420 $498,378 $108,840 $2,275,097
DONATIONS BY SOURCE Individuals Private Foundations Family Foundations Special Events Donations from Other Organizations Corporations Government Grants total donations
$936,409 $1,074,246 $200,556 $230,136 $133,940 $137,684 $53,220 $2,746,191
$26,991 $56,219 $44,000 $25,000 $8,857 $8,030 $88,345 $257,442
Youth Development Programs Suburban Farming
Urban Farming & Community
Volunteer & Outreach Programs
DONATIONS BY SOURCE (FY16) 2%
Individuals Data is represented on an accrual basis and based on financial statements. Indirect costs are allocated to program areas based on the size of each program.
Private Foundations Family Foundations Special Events
Donations from Other Organizations Corporations
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Key: + Trustee * Sustaining donor ^ Parent ~ Alumni
Thank you for keeping us growing strong! We gratefully acknowledge each and every donor who supported us during the 2016 fiscal year, from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. Your gifts help us grow stronger, deepen our roots, and catalyze positive change in our communities. Thank you!
Corporate and Foundation Giving Thank you to the foundations, corporations, and organizations whose support was integral to our work this year.
Devonshire Foundation Eos Foundation High Meadows Foundation
Anonymous Arjuna Capital Allen H. & Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust Boston Children’s Hospital Boston Urban Partners Brick Ends Farm Cell Signaling Technology Clif Bar & Company The Clinton Family Fund Clipper Ship Foundation, Inc. DTS Charitable Foundation Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation Electric Insurance Company ERM Foundation - North America Fresh Pond Capital and its parent company Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC Goldman Sachs & Co. Green Leaf Foundation The Howell Family Charitable Foundation Jacobs Family Fund John MacNair Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Kanner Family Orchards Leaves of Grass Fund McCarthy Family Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., CoTrustee Muddy Pond Trust Fund of The Boston Foundation New England Biolabs Foundation The Osprey Foundation www.OutrageousFortune.Rocks The Pettus Foundation Trust Project Bread Sharpe Family Foundation Theda & Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation, Inc. The Sudbury Foundation The Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge TKHTSS Family Fund
$50,000-99,999 Cedar Tree Foundation Merck Family Fund Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation Newman’s Own Foundation United States Department of Agriculture
$25,000-49,999 Anonymous Bank of America The Baupost Group, LLC Alfred E. Chase Charity Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Ludcke Foundation Nordblom Family Foundation Thrill Hill Productions Towards Sustainability Foundation Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation
$10,000-24,999 Anonymous (2) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts City of Boston Cooley The Doe Family Foundation Alice W. Dorr Foundation Farm Credit East The Fessenden School The Janey Fund The Klarman Family Foundation Massachusetts Charitable Society Oren Campbell McCleary Charitable Trust Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation New Balance Foundation New England Biolabs, Inc. Laura J. Niles Foundation North Shore Workforce Investment Board Pace Center William E. & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust sweetgreen United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Wild Geese Foundation
$2,500-4,999 Anonymous Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management Andrew and Melora Balson Family Fund Beacon Hill Garden Club Cambridge Trust Company Clover Food Lab, Inc. Daniels Family Foundation Forest Foundation
The Fuller Foundation, Inc. Ginsberg/Kaplan Fund at The Boston Foundation Keurig, Inc. Liberty Mutual Linde Family Foundation Lynn Office of Economic and Community Development Northern Trust People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts Henry Pevear Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee Pure Strategies, Inc. The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn The Frederick E. Weber Charities Corporation
$1,000-2,499 Anonymous Archimedes Founders Fund of The Boston Foundation Boston Community Capital The Camden Foundation City of Boston Employee Campaign Helen & Miner Crary Fund of the Foundation for MetroWest Dunn Family Charitable Foundation EMD Serono, Inc. Flour Bakery + Cafe Food and Nutrition Resources Foundation, Inc. The Garden Club of the Back Bay Plato Malozemoff Foundation Harvard Memorial Church Junior League of Boston Lightship Engineering, LLC North Shore Endodontic Associates North Shore Garden Club Pegasystems Salem Five Charitable Foundation S.E.A. Fund of the Essex County Community Foundation Trinitarian Congregational Church Tufts Health Plan Foundation
City Feed & Supply Down Under Yoga The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel The Fenn School Fidelity Investments The Four Lanes Trust Google Harpoon Brewery Hemenway & Barnes LLP Johnny’s Selected Seeds Nancy and Maurice Lazarus Fund McWalter-Volunteer Insurance Agency, Inc. Navigant Consulting Phillips Academy Roberts-Belove Fund at The Boston Foundation Second Congregational Church of Boxford Sun Life Financial Tsoi/Kobus & Associates Windover Construction Zevin Asset Management
$250-499 Alchemy Foundation Anonymous Applied Materials Cambridge Innovation Center Concord Academy Effie’s Homemade Foundation for MetroWest Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Health Management Resources IHS Consulting International Interior Design Association Intuit Foundation
Thomas E. & Barbara B. Leggat Fund at the Boston Foundation The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation Nixon Peabody LLP The Park School Irving & Leila Perlmutter Fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. Point B Communications Shore Country Day School
$100-249 Adobe AmazonSmile Congregation Beth Elohim Brotherhood Debra’s Natural Gourmet DeRosa Environmental Consulting, Inc. Endicott College Framingham Friends Meeting GreaterGood.org Belle Linda Halpern & Mitchell A. Rosenberg Family Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. Intuit - Waltham Office Nest Forward, LLC Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research Cynthia K. & Jeremiah E. Silbert Fund Sow Nice Temple Beth Shalom Temple Isaiah Sisterhood Ursuline Academy
$500-999 Associated Charities of Gloucester Breckinridge Capital Advisors Alice F., 17, Brookline, Seed Crew assistant crew leader, pulling out pigweed in Lincoln
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Individual Giving Thank you to everyone who made a gift this year in support of youth, food, and community.
North Shore Root Crew members enjoying a beautiful summer harvest
$25,000+ Anonymous Linda and Bill McQuillan+
$10,000-24,999 Anonymous (2) Julie Bowden and Rick Grudzinski Anne Covert Amanda Dean Annalisa and Dino Di Palma+ Beverly Gee and Manu Daftary Sarah and Bob Gould+ Therese and Kurt Melden Regina Trainer Higbie Peter Von Mertens and Dea Angiolillo+
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Charles Barzun Peter and Beatrice Britton Jonathan Dutch and Emily Greenstein John and Mary Fowler Jeremy Green and Yvonne Adams Curt Greer and Pamela Kohlberg Henry and Lee Harrison Jordan and Julie Hitch Preble Jaques and Jessica Shattuck+ Steven and Linda Kanner Natasha and Alex Lamb+ Julie and Patrick McVeigh Anmol Mehra+ Andy and Lisa Mims+ Rachael Pettus John and Jill Preotle Diane G. Remin+ Charles and Judith Hurley Riemenschneider+ Steve Senna Sarah Sharpe and John Powley
Howard Van Vleck Anne Welch Christopher Welles Frederic Wittmann and Christine Kondoleon Leila Yassa and David Mendels Carolyn Zern+
$2,500-4,999 Anonymous (2) Rand and Cheryl Alexander Steven Bonsey and Elisabeth Keller Ms. Carla Bregman John and Danielle Duplin Tim Greiner and Amy Ballin^ Margaret Leipsitz and Matthew Yarmolinsky^ Larry and Stacey Lucchino Mrs. John McQuillan Charles E. Merrill, Jr. Chris and Meredith Powell+ Polly and Brock Reeve^
Kim Reid and Paul Brown+ Frank Scherkenbach and Kimberly McGovern Peter and Cindy Schliemann Janet Selcer and Joel Schwartz^+ David and Stephanie Spina Roslyn Watson and Andre Citroen Patrick and Nina Wilson Gail Wine and Lance Ramshaw Anna Winter and Neil Rasmussen
$1,000-2,499 Anonymous (12) Kamesh and Geeta Aiyer^ Sylvia and Aaron Baggish Lynne Ball Bert and Alice Ballin Mark and Katherine Barnett Rebecca Bermont and Alex Benik*
Carolyn Birmingham Melanie Blower Jackie Borck and Brett Cutler Robert and Louise Bowditch Walter Brassert Stuart Brown and Sandra DeJong^ Bob and Ann Buxbaum Jay and Christy Cashman Ben Chigier and Shelly Dews Chigier Jeffrey and Susan Clark Katherine Collins Rosemary and Thomas Costello+ Warren Covert, Jr. and Mary Fenoglio Sally Cross Sarah Cummer David Cushing Thomas and Jillian Darling Ms. Frances D. Davis Marleen De Bode and Marc Olivie Russel T. De Burlo
Sarah de Ferranti and Per Dutton Laurie Dewey John and Mary Deyst Ron and Julie Druker Stephen Durant and Laura Evans Durant Jaymi and Joe Formaggio Kathy Franklin Charles and Susan Gessner Philip and Marcia Giudice Pat Gray^ Dr. Claes Gustafsson Linda and Gordon Hall Keith Hartt and Ann Wiedie Jerry and Margaretta Hausman Jan and Ruth Heespelink Barry and Connie Hershey Weston and Susanah Howland Patricia Jao Emily G. Kahn Dimitrios Kavadas* Clyde Kessel and Francoise Bourdon^ Tamsin Knox and Kent Yucel^ Susan Koffman and Tom Cooper* Jean and Jordan Krasnow Jeffrey and Kim Kushner Carolyn Lattin and Venkat Venkatraman^ Bernie Lebow and Barbara Guilfoile^ Peter and Renate Loeffler Katrina and Luca Maestri Laura Maltby Martha Ann Mazzone Marie and Robert McInnes Trevor Miller and Kim Williams Richard and Connie Ohlsten Randy Ottman and Colleen Solan Jay and Nicie Panetta Jeanne Paradise Katherine M. Perls Patricia Pervane Gretchen Pfuetze^ Mr. Richard D. Phippen Amelie Ratliff Karen Reid Thomas and Dianne Riley Andrea Roberts and Marc Foster^ Jeff Rominger Paola Rossoni Susan and Beau Ryan^ Dylan and Bea Sanders+ Alec and Lee Sargent Derrick Shallcross Barry and Jan Sharpless Richard and Jennifer Siegel Trina Smith Naomi Sobel and Rabbi Becky Silverstein Gayle and Charles Spurr Diane and William Stansbury Jack and Jodie Stevenson Lally Stowell David and Emily Strong* Lydia Sullivan* Mary Sullivan and Eric Brandt^ Beth Taylor and Tim Barclay Stephen Tise^* Felix Twaalfhoven Charles Uihlein Anne Louise Van Nostrand Bob and Suzanne Walters Karyn and Todd Zion
$500-999 Anonymous (4) Lori Abrams Berry Judith Aronstein Richard Arzillo and Paula Devereaux Susan Avery
Jordan Bain* Catherine Baisly Thomas Barritt* Stacey Batista John and Molly Beard Nancy and Martin Benchoff Charlyn Bethell and Guy Urban^ Don and Denise Bienfang Jill Block and Wade Rubinstein Tomas Bok and Florentien DeRuiter Dr. Bruce F. Bower and Mrs. Elizabeth H. Bower Crista Bozogan* John and Irene Briedis Katherine Brobeck Phil and Hilary Burling Jonathan J. Bush Susan Okie Bush John and Jane Butler Sandy and John Butzel James Cabot and Carole Ganz Laura and Chris Carrigan Daniela Carusi Tom Chalmers and Joan Meyer^ Marlies Comjean Judy Cook Peter and Catherine Creighton William and Mary Cummings Sean and Susan Daley Cindy Davenport* Betsy A. Davis Martin and Ellen Dickau Diana Digges* Mitch Dynan and Faith Michaels^ Nick and Barbara Elton Carol March Emerson Cross Julia Farago~ Ted Finch and Jeanne McDermott^ Carlos and Abbey Flores Lawrence and Nicole Gage Tara Gallagher and Stephen Young^ Greg Gale and Maria Rader^ Paul and Laura Garber Paul and Betty Gardescu Deborah H. Gevalt Elizabeth and John Gilmore Hannah and John Graff Jane Gray Bernard Haan and Cynthia Stack^ J. and Karen Harrison Anne and Michael Hayes^ Jeffrey Heidt and Myra Green Jutta Hicks Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn Stephen and Ronnie Kanarek Christian and Carole Kasper Susan Kiewra Christopher and Susan Klem Jeffrey Kopf and Stephanie Cogen^ Louis and Rajani LaRocca Jen Larson Hilary Lucier* Joan MacIsaac and Benjamin Misch Axel Magnuson and Sylvia Vriesendorp* Sheryl Martinelli Jean Mason Jeffrey and Lucy Masters^ Jeannette and Peter McGinn Michael and Dorothy McQuillan Mary and Luke Miratrix* George and Carolann Najarian Jennifer Norwood Christine Nuccio Jonathan and Sally Nusholtz Tiffany Ortiz Andrew Ory and Linda Hammett Ory Mr. and Mrs. William LaC. Phippen
Odessa Piper Oakes Plimpton and Pat Magee Dwight Quayle and Deborah Manegold^ Sharon Reilly Patrick and Julie Riordan Lauren and Carter Romansky Anna Romer and Bruce Jacobson^ Bernard and Sari Rosman Megan Rubin and Gary Rubin Lisa Russell* Mrs. Elizabeth Ryan Phoebe Ryles Michael and Jennifer Shea James Sloman and Nora Devlin Sherley Smith Peter and Faye Speert Michael and Jill Stansky Mr. Campbell Steward Hope and Adam Suttin Laraine Swett Brian and Lindsey Swett Ronald and Moira Ten-Hove^ Sam Thompson and Anne Bunn Ms. Janet Weber Lynn and Irene Weigel David Weinstein and Lauren Ockene Dodi Wexler and Luke Sadriall Lisa White and Michael Lavigne Will Willis Carter and Lissa Winstanley Kathy Wrean and Jay Chandler
Shea’la Finch Drew Fink Kathryn Fiorella and Dan Halpern Leister Bob and Debbie First Krishna Gaddipati and Sarah Wheeler-Gaddipati Josh and Nicole Gann Laurie and Chris Garrison Harold Giguere Beverly Gillette and John Keller Mark Goldblatt and Carol Kauffman Katherine Gross Gordon Hamersley Albert Hanser Victoria Harrington Paul and Mary Harris Bretton Heath-Wlaz Timothy Henry and Fabienne Serfaty Matthew Henschel George and Julie Hibben Sheila Hoelscher
Emily and Brian Kolle Peter and Calie Koso^ Bob and Karen Kustel Jessica Lane-Quinquis and Gildas Quinquis^ Ginger Lawrence Kelsey Leahy Tony and Katharine Leness Angela Lett Rob and Gwyneth Loud Kristen Loureiro and Jeffrey Pitts Michael Lyman and Jean Klingler Theodore Lyszczarz and Barbara Ewen Raymond and Monique Magliozzi Ken Maloney and Sara Campbell Richard Marks and Jennifer Morrison Jim and Shirley Marten Sara Mattes and Jerome Ritz^
$250-499 Anonymous (5) Mohammed Abdelrahim Dave Adams Mr. and Mrs. Dan Alper Ms. Heather Atwood and Mr. David Rabin Jeanne Baranek-Olmstead Jamie Barber* Brad Barber Sibylle J. Barlow Eugene Benson Carole Biewener* Tom Birmingham and Amy Killeen Melville and Rebecca Blake Naheed Bleecker* George and Aimee Bower^ John Bowman Julie Breskin and Jeff Gross Tina Buchs and David Kalman^ Lawrence and Kim Buell Colleen and David Burt Ms. Shannon Cabot John Caldwell and Julie Miner Jared and Ann Chase Ed Chazen and Barbara Gross Sara Cheheyl Steve and Maureen Cheheyl Lesley Chin Andrew Christian and Divya Chandra Jack Clark Jeff Clements and Nancy Heselton Margaret Clowes Andrew and Holly Cole Mark Conway and Mary Scatamacchia Cheryl and Mike Crounse George Daley and Amy Edmondson Dennis and Alice DelDonno Alan Dittrich* Barbara Drelick Michelle and Georges Dyer Anne and Bob Eccles* Ben Esty and Raquel Leder Fay Farber Mike Felsen Elizabeth Ferry
“Growing food challenges me to have critical thinking, be careful and gentle, and learn about the earth and the world around me. I am learning to be confident in myself and to stop putting myself down. So I am learning to be proud of myself and recognize that I want to do something good.” -Frelix M., 18, Lynn Ari Hopkinson Polly Hoppin and Robert Thomas Jay Howell Lina Hristova and Lowell Gray Ruth Isaacs Jack and Linda Jurras Robert Kamen and Trudi Veldman Daniel Kamin Ed and Ann Kania James and Cherry Karlson Archie Kasnet and Sylvie Bell Rua Kelly Kathy Kerby John and Joan Kimball Amy Kirchner
Carolyn and David McCaneChin Kathleen McCleery and Robert Martinez Richard and Jan McQuaid Kathleen Mcvicar Joanne Miller and Jan Greer^ Anthony Mirenda and Tracey Cornogg Sally Muspratt Benjamin Newman Mrs. Suzanne R. Newton David and Melissa Norton Laura and Patrick O’Gara David R. Peeler Alice Poltorick Semyon and Christina Polyak
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“To me, food justice means deconstructing this system that is in place where not everyone can access healthy and affordable food.”
-Maya S., 17, Newtonville
Ryan Poulin Stuart and Beth Pratt Louis Putterman Daniel Rader and Carolyn Cannuscio Robert Reilinger and Nina Berger Paul Reville and Julie Joyal Glenn and Ann Rosen Katie Ryan and Greg Lawrence+ Heidrun and Dominic Ryan Mark and Linda Sagor^ Louis and Holly Salemy Tedd and Ella Saunders Hannah Saxe Vincent Scalisi Sheldon and Ellen Schwartz Jason and Katherine Shamberger Peter Shattuck Shirin Sioshansi~* Mike Sobocinski Susan Sommer Nancy Soulette Todd and Arlene Spezzaferro Joe Stein and Mandy Patrick+ Esty Stowell Susan and Jack Sweeney Sandra Sweetnam and David Smith^* Carolyn Swords Joshua and Abigail Sykes Roger Tapping* Tom and Christine Tetrault Dune Thorne and Neville McCaghren Harriet and Rob Todd Ms. Michele Trucksis Norma Uhrowczik Susan Delellis Valpey and John Valpey^ Mary Jo Veling^ Lia and Andy Wainwright Donald Ward and Jennifer Eis Linda Watts Charles and Louise Weed Suzanne Weinstein Howard and Candice Wolk Son Wooten and Rolf Flor Stephen Young and Tara Gallagher^ Evan and Amy Zall Daniel Zedek and Marilynn Johnson
$100-249 Anonymous (4) Mark Adams Robert Addelson^ Beatriz Adrianzen Peter and Marylee Aldrich Deborah Aliff and Ron Cameron Richard Allberry Noah and Hope Alper Philip Anderson
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Michael and Eliza Anderson Jessica Angell Alison Anholt-White and Nicholas White Bourdillon Apreala and Patricia Latimore^ Marlene Aron Kim Askew Lawrence and Betsy Athan John Augeri Mary Babcock Brenda Bailey Robert and Shirley Barnes Charles and Nancy Barry Marie Barry Mimi Batchelder-Brown Thomas and Susan Bates Richard Baughman Chris Baylow Diana Beaudoin and Jacques Cohen Lauren Bell* Stephen and Jill Bellio^ Cynthia Bencal Charles and Marjorie Bennett Lorri Berenberg Louise Bergeron Fred Berman and Lori Segall Lillie Bernard and Jack Bernard Donna Bertolotti Josh Bienfang Scott Biller and Christine Masi Malaika Bishop Asaf and Elizabeth Bitton Elisabeth Blair Jenn Blazejewski Peter and Sallye Bleiberg Timothy and Rebecca Blodgett Saul Bloom and Celia Hinrichs Gerald and Karin Blum Anselm Blumer Andrew Bobenski Carolyn Boday Mariel and Walter Bossert Chris Bosso Jay and Kathy Bothwick Laura Boyd Daniel and Jill Bradford Nicole Brennan Margie Brenner Michael Bresnahan and Maria Lopez-Bresnahan Judy Bright Peter and Anne Brooke Robert and Hester Brooks Dana Brooks and Sandra Cramer Joan Brooks and Jim Garrels Betsy and Michael Brown Stephen Buchbinder Esther Bullitt and Lee Makowski Fred and Barbara Bunger Mary Buntin Mr. and Mrs. Paul Buonopane Laura Burke Susan Burke Fred Burnham and Mary Sterling
Christopher and Maria Bursaw Patrick Byrne and Joan DenapliByrne^ Alex Calcagno Patricia Caldwell Christopher Carmody and Carol Lovell Carmody^ Zena Carter
Sarah Creighton Bill and Ellen Cross^ Mr. Frederic Cross Grace Curley^* James Davidian Annette Davies Barbara Davis Elizabeth De Rham Mark and Patricia Deck^ Alice Dembner Donna Dever AnnMarie Dever Michael and Jan Devereaux Mike and Maureen Devlin^ Emily Dexter and Armond Cohen^ Mr. Robert J. Diettrich Robert and Ann-Marie Dionisi Carol Dionne Estelle Disch Linda Dolmatch Tanya Donelly Daniel and Ann Donoghue Erin Donohue Lori Dougherty Martha Doyle Rainer and Cheryl Dressler
Taylor Gaar Barry and Sam Gabel Pamela Gale and Gina Benjamin Peter Gangi Michael Gerstein and Katherine Mierzwa Mr. and Mrs. James E. Gibson Elizabeth Giersbach and Eric Kramer Paul and Lucretia Giese Keith Gilbert and Stacy Osur Noemi Giszpenc* Julia Gittleman and Tom Mendelsohn^ David and Marilyn Glater Diana H. Glendon Mary Glenn Fred and Connie Glore Steven and Susan Glovsky Glynn-Burke Family Frank Goldberg and Ricki Goldberg Lisa and Marc Goodheart Neil and Margot Goodwin Bette Jo Green and JoAnn Whitehead
Rachana C., 17, Lynn, and Norah A., 17, Lynn
Rosemary Carvelli-Dewees Stephanie Casella Patricia Casey Mary Chiochios Lisa and William Chioffi John Cini Chris and Elizabeth City* Yarrow Cleaves* Dave Clive and Gloria Vigliani Dick and Tilly Close Charles and Gloria Clough Richard Coco and Ida Wye Paul Coelho Sarah Cohen Ken and Ginny Colburn Richard and Dorothy Cole Andrew and Amy Cole Ms. Mary M. Collins Donald and Susan Collins Ferdinand and Susanna Colloredo-Mansfeld Richard Conant and Frances Patton Tara Connelly James Connolly and Alison Mull Connolly Peter Conrad and Libby Bradshaw Gloria Coolidge Claire Corcoran Billy Costa Ms. Irene Costello Carole Counihan and James Taggart Nicholas and Gretchen Covino Susannah Cowden
Deborah Dumaine and Mark Hochman Jessica and David Eber^ Sally Anne Edwards Curt Ellis Evelyn D. Eng-Nol~ Samuel Engel and Anne Freeh Engel Stanley and Barbara Eskin Clare Esparolini Dana Evernden Chuck Fagan Jennifer Fahy Andrew Falender and Jackie Lenth^ Olivia Farr Peter and Sally Farrow Mr. Harry W. Fatkin, Jr. Sidney Fay Heidi Fieldston and Howard Ostroff Joshua Fincke Suzanne Finn Dylan Fitz Maureen Fitzgerald David and Phyllis Fitzpatrick Mary Ann Flippin Robert Foote Ari Lev Fornari and Shoshana Ruskin Bob Frank and Jennifer Coplon Lynne Frank Page and Ron Page Andrea Freedman and James Younger Jack and Deb French Sophie Freud and Dania Jekel
Eric Green and Carmin Reiss Brad Gregory Gillian and Richard Gregory Vlad Grenkov Stephen and Ellen Grody^ Amy Grose and Cherry Bennett Beth and Ronald Guertin Lin Guo and Liang Tang^ Glen Gurner and Maureen O’Donoghue^ Kristin Gustafson^ James Gutstadt and Nancy Goodman Linnea Hagberg and Loren French^ Mary Jo Haggerty John and Nancy Hammond Thomas Harden and Sylvia Mihich Ellen Harder Douglas and Susan Harding Michele Harrison Richard and Angelica Harter George and Daphne Hatsopoulos Starla Hazen Alan Hein and Katherine Page Virginia Helmar Larry and Jane Herlacher Douglas and Roberta Herman Michael and Monica Higgins Kimberly Hildebrandt David and Karen Hinchen Suzanne and John Hogan Larry and Sarah Holden James and Meredith Hollis
Seed Crew members break on the Reynolds Farm in Wenham with a team-building game
Beverly Hope Mark and Margie Hopkins Scot Hopps Eric and Mary Hosman^ Eric Hove and Ellen Hatch David Hwang Morgan Hynes Kenton and Christel Ide Sharon Infante John Ingrassia Jamie Jaffee and Richard Dana Bill and Bev Jaques Laura Johnson and Tooey Rogers Emily Johnson Stuart and Catherine Johnstone Sharon Kabelitz and Jock Hoffman Carl Kaestner Charles Kaman and Maureen Malin Robert and Patricia Kane Homi B. Kapadia Herman and Suzy Karl Neal and Victoria Kass Nancy and Shahir KassamAdams Adele Kauffman and Barry Cohen Barry Kaye and Kathryn Bonfiglio Michael and Dona Kemp Ed and Priscilla Kern Maggie Kerr Gretchen Keyworth Eric Kilburn and Kate Crosby^ Charles Kinney and Pam Myers-Kinney Jeffrey and Debbie Kintish Daphne Kiplinger and Dave Steadman Pamela Kirkpatrick John and Polly Knowles Melodie Knowlton Florence Koplow Mary Kostman
Elva Ellen Kowald Katherine Kraft and Marshall Cohen Eric and Katie Krathwohl^ Nigel Kraus and Kay Seligson Jonathan and Janet Kravetz William and Kate La Croix Cait Lacroix Kate Landau S. Landis and D. Dayton Ms. Sarah Langer* Paul and Susan Lapointe Susan and Robert Laskin James and Michele Latimer^ Maria Latimore and Bobby Foster^ Bob and Meryl Leahey^ Kristina Leclaire Nancy Lee and Bruce Beckwith^ Judith Leemann and Bridget Lee Brian and Nancy Lees David Leifer and Marla Engel^ Bob and Virginia Lemire Dutch Leonard and Kathy Angell Steven Lett Laurie Lingham and Mario Cardenas^ Thomas and Lucia Longnecker Carl Lowenberg and Emily Wheelwright Elizabeth Lunt Diana Lyman and Tom Wilmot Noah Lynn Tom Macdonald and Priscilla Howell^ Richard and Wanda Macnair John and Madge MacNeil Marina Macvicar Dugan and Frank Maddux Sarah and William Madsen Hardy^ Jean Maestre David Magargee Renee Maille^
Mina Makariovs Jon and Patti Martin Donna Martin Frances Masland Emily Mathis June Matthews Louisa Mattson Tarin McAdoo Comer Robert McDermott Ellen and Robert Mcgarty David and Jennifer McGonigle Katherine McMillan* Eugene and Melissa Meyer Sarah Michaud* Chris Milkovich Carol Miller Brad Miller Thomas and Stacy Miller Warren Moberly and Lai Hing Chan Michael and Mary Moniz Robert and Susan Montgomery Mr. David Moon Jeff and Bobby Morgenstern Danielle Morse Larry Moulter and Pamela Frechette Gale Munson Mr. Bartholomew Murphy Doug Neal Joseph and Margaret Newhouse Mark Nichols Ann Nichols Mark Niedergang Vera Nordal Paige and Nick Nunes Deirdre O’Reilly David Oakes and Sheila Botein Daniel Ollendorf and Carolyn Conte Brian and Bernadette Orr Marybeth Oskowski Karen Page Rick Paine Katie Pakenham
Zachary Palmer Peter Pantano, D.D.S. and Lorraine Foley Pantano Randy Paulsen Christopher and Nancy Pazienza Anne Pearson Samuel Pearson Sabrina Peck Frances Pengra Patricia Pepper^ James Peterson William and Arlene Petri Jeff and Pat Petrucelly Michael Pierdinock LSP, CHMM Richard Piper Dale Pitman Gerry Plummer and Suzanne Lefebvre Rachel Pohl and Mac McIntosh^ Sara Poore Karleen Porcena+ Mr. Andrew F. Powell, Sr. Michael Prokosch and Becky Pierce Sarah Pruett and Robert Pruett Constance Putnam Richard and Judith Quanrud Lily Rabinoff-Goldman Mark and Alice Rader Michele Rapp Mark Reed and Stephanie Goldberg Jeanette Regan Rebecca L. Regan Judson and Lisa Reis Joel and Debby Reisman Greg Reppucci Ned and Katie Rimer Bob Roberson Scottie Robinson Lee Rolontz Laura Roper^ Alan and Janet Rose Mathias Rosenfeld Michael and Naomi Rosenfeld Al and Selina Rossiter Alice Rothchild and Dan Klein Jan Rubin Dina Rudick Pauline Runkle Mark Sandrof and Patience Ferris Sandrof Philip Schaeffing John Schectman and Kirsten Robinson Richard and Nancy Schrock Gus and Susan Schumacher David Schwartz~ Dr. Sally S. Seaver Jo Seibel and Stuart Levitz Jeffrey and Sheara Seigal Lana Sendzimir Julie Setzer^ Electa Sevier and Jonathan Nicholas^
Ken and Jennifer SghiaHughes^ Ralph Shaner and Anne Karin Shaner Brian Shannon Ted and Linda Sharpe Anne and Douglas Sharpe Henry and Kathryn Shaw Gary and Caryl Shaw Douglas and Margaret Sheldon Jan Shepard and Judith Eggleston Jane Shoplick Maria Shumate Joan Silberman Jane Singer and Robert Henriques Robert Smith Amy Smith Laura Smith-Gary Jonathan Snow* George and Claire Speen Jeffrey and Miriam Spitzer^ George and Lee Sprague Debra Stark Bill and Susan Stason Rev. John and Mrs. Suzanne Stendahl Robin Stromberg Theodore Sussman and Lisa Freed^ Ms. Linda M. Svetz Mrs. Paulett L. Taggart Carol Taylor and John Deknatel^ Gary and Susan Taylor Jason Taylor Victoria Taylor Diane Teichart and Don Milton Hal Tepfer Matthew and Dawn Thibeault^ Andrea Tishman and Peter Simon David Tobias and Elizabeth Micheels Stephen Tobin and Nancy Hartle^ David and Natalie Truesdell* Cheryl Tuttle Reed and Peggy Ueda^ David Uhrenholdt Christy Uhrowczik Anna Urkiewicz Joshua Van Hook Sophie Vandebroek Allen Vander Meulen and Stephanie Smart Ramani Varanasi and Vinayak Antarkar Celeste Vezina Karen Vitone Michael and Erica Voolich Carrie Vuori Ruth Johnstone Wales Catherine Walker Mary Jane Walsh Eric and Sarah Ward
Madison Beehler, assistant Root Crew supervisor, Siri S., 16, Belmont, and Hannah B., 16, Sudbury
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Henry Warren and Cornelia Brown Joseph Wassong Chrisana A. Watson~ Shana Weaver C.A. Webb Louise Weed Mr. Bernard E. Weichsel Susan Weir Paul Weller Beth Wells and Allen Elkin John and Linda Weltner Jamie Werchadlo Susan White and Peter White Rachael Whitney* William Whitney Jeffrey Wieand and Janet Silver Claire Wilcox
Susan Williams Caitlin Williams and Devon Lerner Jim and Elizabeth Williamson Peter and Gail Wintersteiner Russ Wolf and Marty Gilpatrick Mr. David F. Wood Martha Wood Bernhardt and Mary Jane Wuensch Joan K. Wyon Hannah Yarmolinsky~ David and Elizabeth Zahniser Daliana Zapata Marcia Zuckerman* Larry and Nancy Zuelke Ashley Zullo Denise Zwahlen
192,825 servings of produce donated or distributed to increase access to healthy food
Alumni Alumni support is especially meaningful to us and we are extremely grateful to alumni who support future generations of The Food Project youth. Casey Ballin Amanda Bissell Caitlin Cusack Evelyn Eng-Nol Julia Farago Charlotte Graham* Daniel Lau
Caroline Lester Adebayo Owolewa Leah Penniman David Schwartz Shirin Sioshansi* Chrisana Watson Hannah Yarmolinsky
Kevin P., 15, Lynn, Seed Crew worker weeding carrots
Parents We gratefully acknowledge the support from parents of our youth. Your support is an investment in, and an endorsement of, the transformative power of The Food Project’s youth experience. Anonymous (2) Robert Addelson Kamesh and Geeta Aiyer Bourdillon Apreala and Patricia Latimore Stephen and Jill Bellio Charlyn Bethell and Guy Urban George and Aimee Bower Stuart Brown and Sandra DeJong Tina Buchs and David Kalman Patrick Byrne and Joan Denapli-Byrne Christopher Carmody and Carol Lovell Carmody Tom Chalmers and Joan Meyer Bill and Ellen Cross Grace Curley* Mark and Patricia Deck Mike and Maureen Devlin Emily Dexter and Armond Cohen Mitch Dynan and Faith Michaels Jessica and David Eber Andrew Falender and Jackie Lenth Ted Finch and Jeanne McDermott
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Greg Gale and Maria Rader Tara Gallagher and Stephen Young Julia Gittleman and Tom Mendelsohn Pat and Stephen Gray Tim Greiner and Amy Ballin Stephen and Ellen Grody Lin Guo and Liang Tang Glen Gurner and Maureen O’Donoghue Kristin Gustafson Bernard Haan and Cynthia Stack Linnea Hagberg and Loren French Anne and Michael Hayes Eric and Mary Hosman Clyde Kessel and Francoise Bourdon Eric Kilburn and Kate Crosby Tamsin Knox and Kent Yucel Jeffrey Kopf and Stephanie Cogen Peter and Calie Koso Eric and Katie Krathwohl Jessica Lane-Quinquis and Gildas Quinquis James and Michele Latimer Maria Latimore and Bobby Foster
Carolyn Lattin and Venkat Venkatraman Bob and Meryl Leahey Bernie Lebow and Barbara Guilfoile Nancy Lee and Bruce Beckwith David Leifer and Marla Engel Margaret Leipsitz and Matthew Yarmolinsky Laurie Lingham and Mario Cardenas Tom Macdonald and Priscilla Howell Sarah and William Madsen Hardy Renee Maille Jeffrey and Lucy Masters Sara Mattes and Jerome Ritz Joanne Miller and Jan Greer Patricia Pepper Steven and Terry Perlmutter Gretchen Pfuetze Rachel Pohl and Mac McIntosh Dwight Quayle and Deborah Manegold Polly and Brock Reeve Andrea Roberts and Marc Foster
Anna Romer and Bruce Jacobson Laura Roper Susan and Beau Ryan Mark and Linda Sagor Janet Selcer and Joel Schwartz+ Julie Setzer Electa Sevier and Jonathan Nicholas Ken and Jennifer SghiaHughes Jeffrey and Miriam Spitzer Mary Sullivan and Eric Brandt Theodore Sussman and Lisa Freed Sandra Sweetnam and David Smith* Carol Taylor and John Deknatel Ronald and Moira Ten-Hove Matthew and Dawn Thibeault Stephen Tise* Stephen Tobin and Nancy Hartle Reed and Peggy Ueda Susan Delellis Valpey and John Valpey Mary Jo Veling
Sustainers Sustaining donors are an important group of loyal donors who make monthly or quarterly donations. These donors offer a reliable source of support to grow and advance our work. We are extremely grateful for your steady support. Anonymous Shannon Armstrong and Gregor Rhoda Melissa Aucoin Jordan Bain Jamie Barber Thomas Barritt Lauren Bell Rebecca Bermont and Alex Benik Carole Biewener Ms. Anna Biton Naheed Bleecker Crista Bozogan Elana Brochin Chris and Elizabeth City Yarrow Cleaves Grace Curley^ Cindy Davenport Diana Digges Alan Dittrich Anne and Bob Eccles Noemi Giszpenc Charlotte Graham~ Ann Henry Brad Horn Christine and Nathan Hribar Dimitrios Kavadas Susan Koffman and Tom Cooper Ms. Sarah Langer Hilary Lucier Axel Magnuson and Sylvia Vriesendorp Katherine McMillan Sarah Michaud Mary and Luke Miratrix Lisa Russell Shirin Sioshansi~ Jonathan Snow David and Emily Strong Lydia Sullivan Sandra Sweetnam and David Smith^ Kirian Szwed Roger Tapping Stephen Tise^ Paige Trubatch David and Natalie Truesdell Rachael Whitney Marcia Zuckerman
In Memory Of Donations were made in memory of the following people: Jerry Abarbanel Walter T. Brown Robert Carey Mary Gee Charles G. Hill and Margaret E. Hill Frank Macera Henry Masters John Ohl Roger J. Ouellette Rev. Scott Paradise William Ratliff, Jr. Joseph Rosen Eileen Scott Margaret Synk Lenore Travis
Cyriah T., 15, Lynn, and Rose S., 16, Amesbury, of Seed Crew hula hoeing at Ingalls School Farm
In Honor Of Donations were made in honor of the following people: Maura Ackerman Eliza Aierstuck Clark Anderson Margaret Atwood Naheed Bleecker Sarah, Ruben, and Louise Caldwell Emma Coolidge The Cracknell/First, Lamb, and Gilman families Sylvia Davidson Barbara Donsky Marissa Drossos Rachel Eber Robin Elkins Stephanie Filipski Betsy Fink Iona Forrester Rachael Gould Marissa Grossman and Parker Cleveland Hamilton-Wenham National Honor Society Heather Hammel J. Harrison Rachel and Reid Hathcock Elizabeth K. Hill Karen Hodges Diane Howard Ellen Joseph Lisa Jurras-Buchanan Homi Kapadia Frances Keutmann Aaron Kraemer and James Sanna Natasha and Alex Lamb+ Julie, Jennifer, and David Lishansky
Anna MacEwan Elena Martinez Linda and Bill McQuillan+ Michael Monroe Kathy Mulligan Daryl Oakes-Gavi Lionel Olivier Bora M. Pervane Philippe Quinquis Phoebe Rader-Gale Nathaniel Rosenblum Sandy and Gabriella James Sanna and Aaron Kraemer Nina Saunders Kate Schlegel Hannah Sharpless Graff Ryan Simmons Sonesta Corporation - Team 4 Lucy Sternbach sweetgreen Robin Tartaglia Jane Thompson Scott Thomson Cody Urban Mira Vale and Nick Allen Jean Verhow Cammy Watts Jerry Watts Kenneth, William and Charlotte Whitney Sally Whitney Sarah Wilcox and Ruben Caldwell Melissa Lee Alger Yakura Elijah Younger
In Memory of
Lenore Travis, The Food Project Trustee
The Lenore Travis Memorial Fund was created in 2015 in memory of our dear friend and trustee, Lenore Travis, who was a beloved member of The Food Project community and a tireless advocate for our young people. In October 2016, The Food Project hosted the first annual Lenore Travis Youth Retreat in response to the outpouring of support to this fund. The weekend retreat—held at Camp Burgess Hayward in Sandwich, MA—was an incredible experience for all youth across both regions (Greater Boston and the North Shore) to come together for three full days of team building, skills training, and learning. At a critical time before a busy fall season, the retreat allowedyouth leaders of Root Crew and Dirt Crew to pause, reflect, and prepare for the challenging work ahead: building gardens, leading volunteers, and working with communities to make fresh, healthy food accessible to all. Our deepest gratitude to all of Lenore’s friendsand family who have given so generously to make this first retreat a success. The retreat will continue each fall through 2019, and we welcome your support through a gift to the Lenore Travis Memorial Fund.
Thank you to all who made gifts in Lenore’s memory as of 9/30/16: Philip Anderson Charles and Nancy Barry Thomas and Susan Bates Stephen Buchbinder Sandy and John Butzel Stephanie Casella Carole Counihan and James Taggart Sarah Creighton Daniels Family Foundation Elizabeth De Rham Robert and Ann-Marie Dionisi Kathy Franklin Arlene Fuchs Barry and Sam Gabel Beverly Gee and Manu Daftary
Keith Gilbert and Stacy Osur Frank and Ricki Goldberg Hannah and John Graff Beth and Ronald Guertin Ellen Harder John Ingrassia Pamela Kirkpatrick Kate Landau Susan and Robert Laskin Ann Leviton John and Madge MacNeil Matthew Maltzman Jon and Patti Martin Sheryl Martinelli Linda and Bill McQuillan Kathleen Mcvicar Jeff and Bobby Morgenstern
Gary Paster Sabrina Peck Lee Rolontz Jan Rubin Paul Sanclemente Ralph Shaner and Anne Karin Shaner Chari Short Diane and William Stansbury Alexandra Stanton Rev. John and Mrs. Suzanne Stendahl Richard Studley Ms. Janet Weber Paul Weller Beth Wells and Allen Elkin Jim and Barb Wolfson
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Gifts in Kind
Donations of services, materials, food, and beverages helped support special projects and general operations throughout the year. We are extremely grateful to all of the individuals and establishments who made these generous contributions and helped our programs grow. Accu-Chem Corp. AKA Bistro Art’s Specialties Heather Atwood and David Rabin Bank of America The Barrel House The Blue Ox Jason Bond Branch Line Buca Boot Cabot Creamery Cooperative Cape Ann Fresh Catch, Inc. Chive Sustainable Event Design & Catering, Inc. Russ Cohen Rosemary and T.J. Costello+ Coppa Dan’l Webster Inn and Spa Davio’s Restaurant Design Light Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks EVOO Fetzer Vineyards Flour Bakery + Cafe Foreign Affairs Formaggio Kitchen Fortified Bicycle Fresh Food Generation Will Gilson
Hannah and John Graff The Grafton Group Mark Goldberg Henrietta’s Table Heritage Museum & Gardens Kestrel Educational Adventures Irene Li and Mei Li Marblehead Cycle The Market Restaurant Peter McCarthy Mei Mei Michael Pierdinock LSP, CHMM Mirbeau Inn at Pinehills Amelia and Nico Monday Matt O’Neil Post 390 The Print House Puritan & Co. Rialto Restaurant + Bar Short & Main Smart Source Rentals Soall Bistro Sofra Bakery & Cafe Judith Sonder sweetgreen T.R. Miller Co., Inc. The Table at Season to Taste Taza Chocolate Thornton Burgess Society Trade W.S. Badger Company, Inc. Winston Flowers Carolyn Zern+
Big Shindig 2016
Thank you to the corporations and individuals who generously sponsored our 2016 Big Shindig! Presenting Sponsors Bank of America Linda and Bill McQuillan+ Master Gardeners Cooley, LLP Greenhouse Keepers Arjuna Capital (Natasha Lamb)+ Boston Urban Partners Brick Ends Farm Chive Events Amanda Dean
Annalisa and Dino Di Palma Fresh Pond Capital and its parent company Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, LLC Bob and Sarah Gould+ Preble Jaques and Jessica Shattuck+ Anmol Mehra+ New England Biolabs, Inc. Osprey Foundation+ www.OutrageousFortune. Rocks John and Jill Preotle
Diane G. Remin+ Chuck and Judy Hurley Riemenschneider+ The Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Carolyn Zern+ Seed Sowers Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management Carla M. Bregman Cambridge Trust Company Farm Credit East John and Mary Fowler Christine Kondoleon and Frederic Wittmann Keurig, Inc. Margaret Leipsitz and Matthew Yarmolinsky Pure Strategies, Inc. Tillers of the Soil Anonymous Boston Community Capital Rosemary and T.J. Costello+ Beverly Gee and Manu Daftary Linda Hall and Gordy Hall Lightship Engineering, LLC Kanner Family Orchards Therese and Kurt Melden New England Biolabs Foundation Marleen and Marc Olivié Polly and Brock Reeve Salem Five Charitable Foundation Dylan and Bea Sanders Janet Selcer and Joel Schwartz+ Suzanne and Bob Walters Sponsors In-Kind Cabot Creamery Fetzer Vineyards Harpoon Brewery The Print House Taza Chocolate
Serve & Grow
We are appreciative of the organizations that brought groups of volunteers to work on our farms during the year. Your work in the fields, which included planting, weeding, and harvesting, contributed immensely to the productivity of the farms. American Institute for Research AmeriCorps Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management Bank of America Beaver Country Day School Bedford High School Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Boston Bar Association Boston College Boston Community Leadership Academy Boston CPCU Society Chapter Boston Public High School Boston University Breckinridge Capital Advisors Brookwood School Buzzards Bay Coalition Cambridge Innovation Center Carroll School Centre Congregational Church Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School
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City on a Hill Charter Public School Cohen Hillel Academy CommScope Concord Academy Concord-Carlisle High School Cultural Care Au Pair Dudley Promise Corps Eastern Bank Ekotrope Electric Insurance Company Endicott College Environmental Resources Management Ernst & Young Essex County Garden Club Fidelity Investments First Church in Wenham First Congregational Church of Hamilton First Presbyterian Church North Shore FoodCorps FoodState GE Aviation
Genscape, Inc. Glen Urquhart School Goldman, Sachs & Co. Google Gordon College GrooveBoston Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Harvard University Hemenway & Barnes LLP IA Interior Architects IHS Consulting Keurig, Inc. L.E.K. Consulting Liberty Mutual Insurance Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Marblehead Community Charter Public School Massachusetts Institute of Technology Middlesex School National Grid Navigant New Balance New England Biolabs, Inc.
Newton North High School Northeastern University Operation Bootstrap/Pathways Inc. Pegasystems Pepperdine University Alumni PerkinElmer Phillips Academy Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research Pure Strategies, Inc. Putnam Associates Reading MA, Social Good Reebok Root Capital Salem State College Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group Shire Shore Country Day School SquashBusters State Street Global Advisors Sun Life Financial sweetgreen
Syracuse University in Boston Alumni Club Taiwanese American Professionals Taza Chocolate The Cambridge School of Weston The Chestnut Hill School The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel The Park School Triangle Inc Tsoi/Kobus & Associates Tufts Health Plan Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn University of Connecticut Ursuline Academy Vantage Partners VMware Waring School Wellesley College Westminster Presbyterian Church of Nashville Windover Construction
We have attempted to be as accurate as possible in listing our donors. While we do not have space in this publication to print the names of every single contributor, we remain forever grateful for every gift of every size to The Food Project. Please accept our sincere apologies if there are any errors or omissions and let us know so that we can correct our records.
© 2017 the food project Left to right: Nico D., 17, Boston, and Armani T., 16, Boston, playing Captain’s Coming. Olivia S., 15, Weston and Nadirah M., 16, Boston harvesting potatoes on the Baker Bridge Farm. Purple cabbage. Seed Crew preparing a meal at My Brother’s Table in Lynn. Aisha L., 16, Lynn, giving a speech at Family Feast to Seed Crew and their families. Root Crew having some fun. Eric R., 17, Lynn, selling lettuce at the Central Square Farmers Market in Lynn. And Seed Crew workers headed to harvest summer squash.
photography: rae axner claire bangser amanda chin ross condit gretjen helene photography sasha megie john wang susan wood
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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.
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Published on Oct 23, 2017