boston food forest coalition are looking for a new project coordinator!

posted November 11, 2017

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The Boston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC), a grassroots non-profit land trust, is a growing “community of practice” linking gardeners across greater Boston to permaculture projects. Neighbors come together, creating food forest gardens in their neighborhoods, and these open spaces engage and strengthen communities, producing food, hosting cultural events, and sharing experiences and skills with all ages. BFFC has a growing membership of 1,500 people in the greater Boston area. Since we launched, BFFC has offered over 150 free hands-on workshops (with topics from compost tea, permaculture design, medicinal herbs, mushroom logs, soil regeneration, biochar, mounded agriculture, companion plants and guilds, winter pruning, making elderberry syrup, nature art, and more) taught by herbalists, permaculture gardeners, designers, professional farmers and others in our community. The Boston Food Forest Coalition is currently composed of eight sites across the city, in Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, West End, Dorchester, East Boston, and Roxbury. The goal of the land trust is to support hundreds of forest gardens, stewarded by neighbors and community organizations. Imagine each with its own harvest festival and cultural events, sharing abundance, mitigating urban heat island effects, capturing rain-water, sequestering carbon, reducing stress, and regenerating life in the city. Healing ourselves, our communities, and the land.

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The Food Project is supporting and inspiring young people to make a change in their communities.

posted June 22, 2017

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Join The Food Project from August 3 to 5, 2017 to learn, grow, and connect with your peers from across the country and the world.

The three day summer institute is packed with activities, workshops and engaging and passionate conversation that will teach you about their youth development and sustainable agriculture models, food justice initiatives and the creation of food secure communities.

Cost: $430.
For more information on The Food Project’s Institutes, please email institute@thefoodproject.org or call 781-259-8621 x29 to speak with Cindy Davenport, Director of Programming and Institutional Learning.
Or register on their website: http://thefoodproject.org/institute

ice detained migrant farmer activists: thousands responded.

posted March 28, 2017

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Though those who live farther away from the muddy melting snow of Southern New England, may not have caught wind of the migrant rights struggle that has been playing out between farms and courthouses around the region, it’s worth everyone’s attention.

Since the ICE arrest and detention of farmworkers and Migrant Justice leaders Jose Enrique “Kike” Balcazar Sanchez and Zully Palacios Rodriguez on March 16, hundreds of people have gathered around Vermont and in Boston to demand the young activists release. Migrant Justice is a Vermont-based organization that organizes three regional migrant worker communities to advocate for human rights and economic justice. Especially considering some of the anecdotes in this excellent piece by LatinoUSA.org on their case, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which immigration officials are not intentionally targeting human rights leaders for deportation.

Both are in their early twenties, neither with any prior arrests, and they were on their way home from the Migrant Justice center when they were stopped. Balcazar, as LatinoUSA reports, “is an active community organizer in Vermont, and served on Vermont attorney general T.J. Donovan’s Immigrant Task Force, which was created in January as a response to President Trump’s immigration executive orders.”

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biodiversity conference, harvard, april 30th

posted April 26, 2016

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Announcing the following conference at Harvard on April 30th:

THE POWER AND PROMISE OF BIODIVERSITY: VISIONS OF RESTORING SEA, LAND, AND CLIMATE
Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The conference promises to “present the concepts, history, and processes for the restoration of biodiversity” in hopes that increasing global biodiversity can sequester carbon and not only stop, but actually reverse climate change. Tickets are $30 and you can register now on eventbrite. More information here!



maine products sail into boston!

posted September 16, 2015

Maine Sail Freight, a pop-up selling goods from small farms throughout the northernmost New England state, will be anchored inside the Boston Public Market during September. The stash of nonperishable organic cargo — 6,400 pounds — sailed from Portland, Maine, on the schooner Adventure in late August. The Greenhorns, an organization that works to support young farmers, orchestrated the project to help the farmers expand the reach of their products and to spark conversation about the logistics of regional trade and the changing farm economy. “If our mission is to build regional resilience, we can’t just do farmers’ markets. Boston Public Market as an axial market for New England is perfect,” says Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Greenhorns director. Turning products they grow and cultivate into honey, maple syrup, jam, sea salt, heirloom beans, tea, spun wool, beeswax candles, flour, rolled oats, and more is a way for farmers to help their businesses thrive in a region with challenging growing conditions. Stop by for tempting items and interesting conversation. Main Sail Freight at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston


the greenhorns is hiring! sales associate, boston, ma

posted September 4, 2015

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Help Wanted: Sales Associate for Maine Sail Freight
Maine Sail Freight has launched a pop-up shop at the Boston Public Market and we are looking for temporary part time workers to act as sales associates and public educator, possibly through December 2015.  This will be an exciting experience unlike any other. Would you like to be the voice of this project and help spread the word about our regional food economy?
Learn more about the project
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 1-2 years of retail experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills, clean, positive, great work ethic
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, ability to communicate ‘ on message’ the goals of the Maine Sail Freight project, for days on end, engaging the public in a discourse about the future of our more regional farm economy
  • High level of enthusiasm and self-motivation
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Flexible work schedule, including weekend and holiday availability.
  • Ability to lift and move product weighing up to 30 pounds
We have openings for both full-time and part-time help. Hours for the position will be determined by the hours of operation for the BPM and special events. Opening hours for the BPM are expected to be Wednesday-Sunday from 8am-8pm.  Peak business periods may require extended work days and work weeks.
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please forward a resume, 2 references and a short cover letter to office@thegreenhorns.net with the subject line “BPM Sales Associate Application.”  Please make sure to outline your availability in your cover letter.  Preference will be given to applicants available to start work  immediately.

 

No calls, please.

learn more about the schooner adventure!

posted August 26, 2015

The Greenhorns announce a last minute vessel change for the Maine Sail Freight  maiden voyage from Maine to Boston. We will be sailing, and selling as scheduled, thanks to the alacrity and fluid logistical finesse of Captain Stefan Edick and the Schooner Adventure. We are ocean legal and on our way to BOSTON HARBOR. Many thanks to the nautical architects, marina stewards and coast guard officials animated the prospect of Adventure-based commerce. It takes a team to hoist this sail!
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The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit maritime historic preservation and educational organization. We are the stewards of the 1926 dory-fishing Schooner Adventure. Our mission begins with restoration and preservation in perpetuity of the National Historic Landmark Schooner Adventure, one of the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners. The Schooner Adventure is a national treasure that has resumed active sailing as an icon of the American fisheries and as a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education programs. The Schooner will be operated at sea, primarily along the New England coast, as a living monument to Massachusetts’€™ fishing heritage. As such, the Schooner Adventure is important not only to Gloucester, but also to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all America.

Our goal is to heighten awareness of Gloucester’€™s role in the development of the American Fishing Industry, the plight of the thousands of men lost at sea, and how a fleet of fast and able schooners defined a regional economy.

ADVENTURE HISTORY:

The Schooner Adventure was designed by famous marine architect Thomas McManus as a “knockabout”. The schooner was built in 1926 in Essex, Massachusetts by the John F. James and Son Shipyard. From 1926 – 1953 Schooner Adventure fished cod, haddock and halibut from Nantucket to Newfoundland, along the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic. Carrying a sailing rig, diesel engine, and 14 dories, Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel, the ultimate evolution of the fishing schooner. When retired in 1953, Schooner Adventure was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic. In 1954, Schooner Adventure was retired from fishing and converted into a windjammer for passenger cruising, removing the engine, propeller, and prop shaft. Adventure carried passengers along the coast of Maine until 1987. Her grace, beauty, and prowess as a sailing vessel earned her the nickname “Queen of the Windjammers.”

Adventure was then donated to the people of Gloucester, Massachusetts by way of The Gloucester Adventure Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to be steward of this historic vessel. The organization’€™s mission is three-fold:

  1. Restore and preserve Adventure in perpetuity,
  2. Utilize Adventure as an educational resource with programming for maritime, environmental and cultural issues and,
  3. Sail Adventure as a symbol of Gloucester’s maritime heritage.

For more information: www.schooner-adventure.org

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The mission of the Maine Sail Freight project is to enliven public conversation about the logistics of regional trade, to draw on our long, storied maritime history as a basis for a long-view conversation about shifting our farm economy for the future. There is an economic action at the middle of this project, attended by pageantry and panel discussions, we invite the public to get involved directly, carry some cargo, and discuss tactics for re-regionalizing our farm economy.


from maine to boston by ship: a local economy stunt by young farmers with a long view

posted August 13, 2015

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THIS MONTH! The GREENHORNS’ MAINE SAIL FREIGHT will sail 11 tons of Maine-grown cargo from Maine to Boston aboard the beloved 131 foot traditional wooden schooner, Harvey Gammage. We will load cargo on August 23rd at Waterman’s  Community  Center at North Haven’s Fox Islands thoroughfare. The majority of cargo, 10 more tons, will come aboard on August 27th in Portland Harbor.

The  approximately  $70,000  worth  of  cargo,  packaged in traditional  boxes, will sail down the coast to Boston Harbor, where it will be celebrated and unloaded from the hold on August 30th at the Long Wharf (next to the Boston aquarium)! Then transported by a fleet of cherry red trailer bicycles to Boston public markets and other locations. The cargo will be pre-sold online, and also available for passers-by for purchase dockside. It comes in a few different size collections, from little canvas bundles to large wooden barrels. BUY MAINE SAIL FREIGHT GOODS NOW!

All events are free and open to the public! Please join us! Also, check out this great article about Maine Sail Freight in the Portland Press Herald.


land, co-ops, compost: a local food economy emerges in boston’s poorest neighborhoods

posted November 26, 2014

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via Truth-out.org

by Penn Loh of YES! Magazine

When Glynn Lloyd couldn’t source enough locally grown produce, he decided to grow his own.

Since 1994, Lloyd has run City Fresh Foods, a catering company based in Roxbury—one of Boston’s lowest-income neighborhoods. He wanted his business to use locally produced food, but at that time it was hard to come by. So in 2009 Lloyd helped found City Growers, one of Boston’s first for-profit farming ventures.

Today, City Growers is part of an emerging network of urban food enterprises in Roxbury and neighboring Dorchester. From a community land trust that preserves land for growing, to kitchens and retailers who buy and sell locally grown food, to a new waste management co-op that will return compost to the land, a crop of new businesses and nonprofits are building an integrated food economy. It’s about local people keeping the wealth of their land and labor in the community.

“We don’t need big corporations like Walmart to come in and save us,” Lloyd said. “We have homegrown solutions right here.”

Read the full article on Truthout!