Food Project Summer Institute – Agriculture with Youth


Register now for The Food Project’s Summer Institute! – August 5 – August 7, 2015 //  Greater Boston area, MA

cost: $400

Throughout the year, The Food Project hums like a complex ecosystem: all different pieces of the organization work together and complement each other to provide youth and community with a sustainable food system and a sense of social awareness. But how does it all work? What is the recipe for success in farming, youth development AND social change?

TFP will answer these questions when we open our doors for our Summer Institute. This three-day workshop offers a rare chance to see the intimate details of The Food Project’s inner workings. The Summer Institute is an engaging, interactive learning experience for anyone interested in the issues of youth, food, and community.

Day 1

Our first day will be split between two topics: mission-based management and production agriculture with youth. The first part of the day will be spent training participants on the tools and artistry needed to run a high participation, mission-driven organization. We will discuss what it takes personally, philosophically, and professionally to create and sustain an organization.

The second half of this day will focus on running a production farm with young people. Our Director of Agriculture will lead a hands-on training based in our rural fields and greenhouse. It will include the practices one needs to involve youth in a productive farming operation.

Days 2 and 3

The next two days of this Institute allow participants to experience The Food Project’s Summer Youth Program first-hand. This program is our beginning program for youth engaged in community development through food systems work. For over ten years, many people have asked to see this innovative program in action. In this segment of the training, you will learn about the program’s structure, farm side by side with teens, and engage your peers about how to create effective youth in food systems programs in your community.

This three-day workshop promises to be interactive, intimate, and experiential. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. We will accept applications on a first come, first serve basis.

To register, please go to

For more information on the Summer Institute, please email or call 781-259-8621 x29 to speak with Cindy Davenport, Director of Programming and Institutional Learning.

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