The Food Project brings sustainable agriculture to Boston

You may not think of the greater Boston area as prime agricultural land, but — as Victory Garden demonstrates every day — the gardening of edible fruits and vegetables is a realistic, doable, and increasingly popular endeavor. One local leader of this movement is The Food Project, which gardens more than 37 acres across eastern Massachusetts, including plantings in central Boston, Lynn, Ipswich, Lincoln, and Beverly. Since its founding in 1991, The Food Project has built itself into a national model by engaging Boston’s youth in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture.

It sounds like a lofty goal. But visit any one of the gardens or farms — from Boston’s Dudley neighborhood to Long Hill Farm in Beverly — and you begin to see the elements of the Project’s success. It begins with the people, who work the place, which produces the food, which feeds the hungry. Not to mention the souls of the people who work and visit there.

The photos in this essay were collected during a tour in May of the Long Hill Farm, which The Food Project operates in partnership with The Trustees of Reservations, and continues at the Glen Urquhart School and greenhouse. The photos start, as The Food Project does itself, with the people.

J. Harrison, director of The Food Project's North Shore site

Leon Ramsay, TFP intern

Devon Landis, farm apprentice

The Flower Fields, a project of The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR)

Signs from The Flower Project

Butterfly on dandelion

Spinach seedlings

Basil seedlings at the Glen Urquhart School greenhouse

Pepper seedlings at Glen Urquhart School greenhouse

TTOR's Long Hill kids' garden

Shoes in TTOR's Long Hill kids' garden

Trowels from greenhouse classroom

Whiteboard in greenhouse classroom

Cathy Huyghe writes for the WGBH Daily Dish blog. Read new WGBH Daily Dish posts every weekday, where you can explore myriad ways and places to experience good food and wine.

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