Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm for the volunteer event, with an optional lunch to follow at Soma.
What to wear: Every participant must wear closed-toe shoes. Please dress appropriately for farm work and the weather and layers are recommended.
What to bring: Please bring a water bottle. If you prefer working with gloves, you should bring those too.
What we’ll be doing: During our volunteer session, we will participate in educational games and discussion about the food system; cultivate and maintain the land; plant, tend, or harvest (most likely harvest this time of year) fresh vegetables; have fun outside; and make a difference for those who lack healthy affordable food in the Greater Boston area. More information about what to expect can be found here: http://thefoodproject.org/volunteer-faq
Weather: We work rain or shine. Under severe weather conditions, we will get in touch with all registered participants to inform them in the event of cancellation.
Directions: The Farm itself is not directly Public Transportation accessible, however, the Montserrat stop on the Newbury/Rockport Commuter Rail Line is close to the farm and we hope to organize a carpool from this station to the Farm.
RSVP required: Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to reserve a spot, complete the necessary paperwork in advance of volunteering, obtain details about the experience (i.e. what to bring, wear, etc.), and coordinate carpooling, if needed. Please be sure to provide a telephone number, preferably one that can receive text messages.
Cost: There is no cost for the volunteer event. The optional lunch at Soma will be pay-on-your own.
About The Food Project: Our mission is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. We produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provide youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, we strive to inspire and support others to create change in their own communities.Each year, we work with over 140 teens and thousands of volunteers to farm on 31 acres in rural Lincoln, MA, 9 acres in Beverly and Ipswich, 2 1/2 acres in Boston and 1 acre in Lynn. We grow nearly a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating thousands of pounds to local shelters. We sell the remainder of our produce through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop “shares” and farmers’ markets. Locally, we educate urban gardeners about lead-contaminated soil and promote raised bed gardening by residents and organizations in Boston and Lynn. The Food Project also works as a resource center for organizations and individuals worldwide. We provide unique capacity building for organizations and educators who learn from The Food Project’s expertise through materials, youth training and professional development opportunities. Even projects completely unrelated to farming can draw on our methods for building inspired, diverse and productive youth communities.