‘Who doesn’t like picking tomatoes?’

By Benjamin Campbell

Earlier this fall, National Grid employees traveled to Lynn and Beverly, Massachusetts, to work on farms for The Food Project, an organization that works with thousands of volunteers to farm 70 acres in eastern Massachusetts. This time around, volunteers harvested various crops such as kale, radishes, and tomatoes, as well as worked to clean the outer edges of the farms by pulling out weeds and picking up trash. food1

The Food Project donates a portion of their daily harvest to local food pantries and soup kitchens in the North Shore and Greater Boston area communities. The Project also provides high school students with meaningful employment, hiring over 100 youth from the local communities to work on their farms. While working with The Food Project, young people engage in rigorous farm work and develop their leadership, communication and workplace skills all while learning to work across social differences.

“It is thanks to groups like National Grid that allow us to continue our work and provide low-income families with fresh, healthy produce throughout the fall”-Sarah Wiggins, The Food Project representative.

food2Lynn and Beverly are both in the National Grid footprint—so it’s a great way for us to spend some time in the communities we serve!

Learn more about The Food Project and how to get involved! http://thefoodproject.org/

“At The Food Project we envision a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and everyone has access to fresh, local, healthy, affordable food.”

Check out more photos below!

 

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