Tuesday, October 26, 2010

An Urgent Note from The Food Project

I came across this note on FB:
Dear Friends,

This Thursday, the Lynn School Committee will vote on whether or not to renew The Food Project's lease at Ingalls Elementary School.  This may come as a surprise based on the many benefits our work contributes to our community, but a very small yet very vocal group of individuals are doing their best to use this vote to shut down the farm.

I can not stress enough how important this vote is to The Food Project here in Lynn.  The Ingalls Farm is the cornerstone of our North Shore programs, and without it the future of The Food Project in Lynn will be placed in jeopardy.

What you can do to help:
  1. Come show your support.  The School Committee is meeting this Thursday (October 28) at 5:30 p.m. at the Tiger’s Den (first floor of the LVTI Annex), 90 Commercial Street Lynn, MA.
  2. Contact the Lynn School Committee.  Call 781-593-1680 or email larrobinot@lynnschools.org.  Let the School Committee know that you support the farm at Ingalls School. For more information on what's at stake, see below. 
  3. Let us know what you've done!  If you could send me just a sentence letting us know if you plan to come on Thursday and about your communication with the School Committee, that will keep us in the loop. 
  4. Forward this email.  Let your friends know that The Food Project needs your help today!

Click here to see an NECN news story on our work at Ingalls. This brief clip shows the many ways that The Food Project impacts the school and the communities it servers ---> http://www.necn.com/pages/landing?blockID=330077

Thank you!!!!

Sincerely,

- J. Harrison

James Harrison
Director of North Shore Region
The Food Project           
120 Munroe St. 
Lynn, MA 01901   
978-290-9376

 What's at stake?

- A place to learn for Ingalls students.  The Ingalls Farm is a standards-based, outdoor science classroom for every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader at the Ingalls School.  Through their time on the land these students are able to see the science lessons from their classrooms in action, learning about biology, ecology, and earth science.  It is also an opportunity to learn more about growing and eating fresh, healthy food.

- Local healthy food for local people.  From customers at the Central Square Farmers' Market to residents at LHAND's housing projects, from our CSA members to clients at My Brother's Table, the food produced on this land means so much to so many people.  This season we are closing in on 30,000 pounds of fresh, healthy locally grown food for our community.

- Summer jobs for teenagers.  Each summer, we employ 45 teenagers to work at The Food Project, and 25 of them stay on with us through the school year.  These young people work hard, learn valuable job and public speaking skills, and become valued assets to their community, all while earning a paycheck.

A place to grow.  There are more than 25 community gardeners growing on the land at Ingalls.  These are neighbors and other community members for whom the land is a place they connect with their community, learn from their neighbors, and grow their own food.

Those of us who live in DTL have witnessed their work first-hand. I may not have both sides of the story, but it seems awfully short-sighted to kick out a program that provides such an enriching experience for students and neighbors.

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3 comments:

  1. The Food Project in Lynn is vital! It runs the Farmer's Market downtown, hires Lynn youth, provides food to elderly and My Brother's Table, and runs a great Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) bringing food from this Ingalls School farm to our tables.
    Please contact the School Committee or come out this Thursday to show your support for the Food Project.

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  2. Sign the online petition urging the school committee to renew the lease. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/foodprojectlynn/

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  3. Signed. I'll be able to do more for this after my regular work hours.

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