I consider food engagement and knowledge to be one of the most powerful agents for systemic change within schools, families, neighborhoods, communities, and cultures. There is real, measurable power in understanding and implementing sustainable foodways, and we’re seeing that play out in many ways, including the increased popularity of farmers markets, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) involvement, productive food gardens grown for both sustenance and education, and so much more. It is with that in mind that I shed a well-deserved spotlight on The Food Project, one of the amazing charities featured in Craft Hope.
The Food Project’s 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. It produces healthy food for residents of Boston and its suburbs while providing leadership opportunities for young folks. Most important, it strives to inspire the various communities within its reach. The Food Project works with teens and thousands of volunteers on its farms to grow nearly a quarter-million pounds of food annually without chemical pesticides and donates thousands of pounds of this food to local shelters.
Explore their site to learn more about what they’re doing and check out these great videos highlighting their efforts. If you’d like to help grow sustainable foodways in your own community, look into volunteering your time to a local agriculture awareness group and put your money where your heart is by shopping at your local farmers market or joining a local CSA.