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Nubian United Benevolent International Assoc

 149 Roxbury Street
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 6692646
[F] --
www.nubianet.net
[email protected]
Sayed Mohamed-Nour
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INCORPORATED: 2006
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 32-0203488

LAST UPDATED: 08/07/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

NUBIA's mission is to impart a lasting impact on food justice, community revitalization, and youth development through education of Nubian culture and heritage, community agriculture, and educational workshops.
 
 NUBIA's vision is to create a strong, prosperous community in which youth are active leaders, food sovereignty is celebrated through the growth of community agriculture, and education reaches all.

Mission Statement

NUBIA's mission is to impart a lasting impact on food justice, community revitalization, and youth development through education of Nubian culture and heritage, community agriculture, and educational workshops.
 
 NUBIA's vision is to create a strong, prosperous community in which youth are active leaders, food sovereignty is celebrated through the growth of community agriculture, and education reaches all.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $111,120.00
Projected Expense $111,120.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Seed & Yield
  • Youth Gardening Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

NUBIA's mission is to impart a lasting impact on food justice, community revitalization, and youth development through education of Nubian culture and heritage, community agriculture, and educational workshops.
 
 NUBIA's vision is to create a strong, prosperous community in which youth are active leaders, food sovereignty is celebrated through the growth of community agriculture, and education reaches all.

Background Statement

NUBIA is a small and growing 501(c)3 located in Roxbury, MA. When it was founded in 2006, NUBIA focused on providing programming for the Nubian community in Boston, such as athletic programs and cooking and sewing lessons. In 2008, NUBIA broadened its reach by creating the Seed & Yield program, collaborating with Gardening through Refugee Organization (GRO) to begin growing at our first growing site at Charleston Community Garden. Our gardening program has grown from our first community garden plot of just a few beds to our current reach, growing in nine growing sites and vacant parcels of land in Boston, about 1.2 acres of land in production. At the end of 2014 NUBIA took a big step in building long-term food security in the community when we acquired our first permanent piece of land, an almost 4,000 square foot plot on Dixwell Street. Growing at this site officially began in August 2015. In 2017, NUBIA entered a contract with the Boston Public Health Commission in which NUBIA would farm a 10,000 square foot plot on the Commission's roof and 1/3 of the produce would go to the BPHC food pantry. 

Impact Statement

Achievements from 2015-2017
  1. Developed our 4,000 square feet plot on Dixwell from an abandoned playground into a productive garden (first planted in August 2015).
  2. Completed construction of a rainwater catchment system at our Dixwell growing site through the support of an MDAR grant (June 2016). 
  3. Leased and re-developed a 10,000 square foot rooftop garden on a Boston Public Health Commission building (June 2017). 
  4. Ran a growing Youth Gardening Program in the summers of 2015-2017, hosting 12-14 students from the ABCD and SuccessLink programs.
  5. Began selling some produce at the Boston medical Center Farmers' Market (2015-2017), Dixwell Street Farm Stand (2015-2016), and Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) farm stand (2017) - a business venture led and managed by youth.
  6. Grew over 20,000 pounds of produce in the last three growing seasons, over half of which was donated to local hunger relief programs. The remaining portion was distributed to community members for free, or sold at our reduced price farmers markets in the community.
 
Goals for 2018 
  1.  Increase the amount of fresh, local food donated to food pantries and sold at farmers’ markets located in low income neighborhoods.  Increase crop diversity and availability of culturally significant crops in Boston’s urban agriculture community.
  2. Offer both paid and volunteer opportunities for youth to learn more about urban agriculture, nutrition, cultural cooking, and job skills. Provide a safe and healthy environment for at-risk youth.
  3. Develop acquired land to improve site quality and increase yield, and seek to acquire more land to increase gardening capacity.
  4. Improve and seek new community relationships to include community members from the neighborhoods around our gardens in our work.
  5. Provide horticulture, nutrition, cooking and skills building workshops at our center to engage community members in urban agriculture.

Needs Statement

  1. Operational support, especially for staffing and equipment.
  2. Less expensive solutions to lack of water connections at growing sites, or funds to build traditional water connections.
  3. Support for development and growth

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Charlestown
NUBIA predominantly serves the Roxbury and North Dorchester communities of  Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Agricultural Programs
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Seed & Yield

NUBIA’s Seed & Yield program has grown from out first community garden plot to our current reach, growing in nine gardens and vacant parcels of land in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Charlestown. From its beginning, Seed & Yield has worked to increase equitable access to local produce through donations to individuals and community food programs. Last year we harvested around 7,500 pounds of fresh produce. Of these 7,500 pounds, we sold approximately a third at our farmers markets, and donated the remaining produce to our community partners, such as the Boston Medical Center Food Pantry, the Haley House community meal program, and individuals from our community. A driving force behind the creation of the Seed & Yield program at NUBIA was to provide the Nubian and Sudanese communities in Boston with fresh and affordable ingredients for important cultural dishes. 

Budget  $40,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Families Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  In the short-term, Seed & Yield seeks to increase availability of affordable and culturally relevant local produce in Roxbury and Dorchester and surrounding areas through urban agriculture, produce donation, and farmers' market sales. We also hope to teach community members urban growing skills so they can begin to grow their own vegetables.
Program Long-Term Success  Seed & Yield seeks to support community meal and food pantry programs with fresh, local produce and support a conversation in the community about equitable access to nutritious, fresh food.
Program Success Monitored By  We collect weights of produce grown, donated, and sold to track our progress in growing more food and reaching more people. We also attempt to track the number of sales we make using EBT/SNAP and WIC at our markets, as we aim to increase access to fresh, local food to those who would not normally be able to afford it. At the moment we do not formally collect data on what customers would like to see more of at our markets, but we do hold informal conversations to gauge if we are missing any key vegetables, and are looking to collect this information more formally in the future.
Examples of Program Success  Seed & Yield has slowly been growing in size since it's creation in 2008, and in 2017 we grew over 7,5000 pounds of food in Roxbury and Dorchester. Over 4,500 pounds of this food was donated to local food pantries, meal programs, and individuals. Additionally, over 3,000 was sold at our farmers' market, where we keep prices low and accept EBT/SNAP and WIC to increase access to our produce.

Youth Gardening Program

The Seed & Yield program was initially created to engage youth in learning how to grow fresh food in their neighborhood, develop job skills, and give back to their community. In the summer of 2015 we became a community partner of the Boston Youth Fund/SuccessLink program and hosted 14 paid high school students in our Summer Youth Gardening Program. We continued this partnership into the school year, hosting two students, and again into the 2016 summer season. This year we hosted 12 students through the SuccessLink and ABCD programs with a further developed Summer Gardening Program and two part-time supervisors, funded by the Harold Whitworth Pierce Trust and the Boston Council for Food and Fitness. In 2017, our 13 student employees helped with planting, watering and harvesting in our 9 garden sites, staffing our two farmers’ markets, donating to our community partners, and working with our embroidery program. Through this job experience they gained valuable work experience on urban farms and management skills of small business (e.g. farmers' market stand).
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Students who participate in this program will increase their level of comfort by at least one point (on a scale of 1 to 5) in at least 50% of the skills being addressed by the program (gardening, resume writing, etc.).
Program Long-Term Success 

This program aims to teach youth skills to grow fresh produce in the city, to meaningfully and professionally engage in job settings, and to design programs and opportunities to serve their communities. This program also aims to increase access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition programming for low-income and vulnerable communities.

Program Success Monitored By 

We will measure success for this program through a pre- and post- program survey to measure youth learning outcomes, quantification of food grown with the help of our youth workers, and quantification of food donated/distributed to community members with limited food access.

Examples of Program Success 

The two most important outcomes from summer 2015 were: (1) giving youth the opportunity to gain work experience through a paid summer job, and (2) connecting youth to urban gardening efforts to teach them more about growing, selling, and donating local, fresh food, resulting in over 5,000 pounds of food sold and donated that year. In 2016 and 2017, we were able to greatly expand the scope of the program, and include projects/activities on topics such as food justice, fitness/wellness, and career development, on top of the gardening and customer services skills.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Sayed Mohamed-Nour
CEO Term Start May 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Multi-ethnic
Gender Female: 0
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Ronia Stewart
Board Chair Company Affiliation Garden of Eden and Associates Inc.
Board Chair Term Nov 2015 - Nov 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Danielle Andrews The Food Project Voting
Mohamed Ibrahim Community Volunteer Voting
Khalid Kody Boston College Voting
Richard Lobban Naval War College Voting
Hussein Mehyeldin Citizen Bank Voting
Ronia Stewart Garden of Eden and Associates Inc. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 43%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $111,120.00
Projected Expense $111,120.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990 EZ

2015 Form 990 EZ

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $98,122 $59,635 $20,000
Total Expenses $99,040 $54,985 $20,000

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $10,000 $2,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $98,122 $49,635 $16,200
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- $1,800
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $99,040 $54,985 $20,000
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.08 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $220 $1,368 $0
Current Assets $220 $1,368 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $220 $1,368 $0

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

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Spending Policy --
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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s for FY16 and FY15 and per the organization for FY14. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

NUBIA is continuously working to increase the amount of fresh, healthy produce we distribute to our neighbors, as well as the number and quality of programs we offer to engage the community in urban agriculture, nutrition, fitness, and culture. In last year's application we defined success as:
a. Increase the amount of fresh, local food donated to food pantries and sold at farmers’ markets located low-income neighborhoods (specifically Roxbury).
b. Offer both paid and volunteer opportunities for youth to learn more about urban agriculture, nutrition, cultural cooking, and job skills. Provide a safe and healthy environment for at-risk youth.
c. Develop acquired land to improve site quality and increase yield, and seek to acquire more land to increase gardening capacity
d. Improve and seek new community relationships to include community members from the neighborhoods around our gardens in our work.
e. Increase crop diversity and availability of culturally significant crops in Boston’s urban agriculture community.
f. Partner with universities to participate in urban agriculture research and offer internships for students to gain practical experience.
g. Provide horticulture, nutrition, cooking and skills building workshops at our center to engage community members in urban agriculture.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

NUBIA will continue to work with its strong and diverse network of organizations, community partners, and volunteers to strengthen and expand our programs and gardening sites. As in previous years, we will continue to maintain our gardens through a combination of staff support, volunteer labor, and youth program support. This coming season we would like to hire two separate positions to better enable us to focus on our goals for this year. The garden manager position would be in charge of assisting with planting, garden maintenance, and harvesting and would also run the farmers' markets and coordinate community partnerships. We would also like to hire a youth/volunteer coordinator, who would be in charge of summer and school year youth programs, as well as volunteer coordination, and community program planning.
As we move ahead into the next year we would like to incorporate feedback from customers and community partners in selecting crops to plant, modify the youth summer program to incorporate lessons learned from the past year, continue to build stronger relationships with our community partners, and put more focus on community programs. We also hope to continue with the city's SuccessLink and ABCD programs in summer 2018 in order to host 10-15 students at summer jobs where they can both receive an income and learn more about urban growing. We hope to continue selling at the BMC and ISBCC markets and donate excess produce to our community partners. In terms of community engagement, we will continue to offer and advertise gardening and cooking workshops, as well as recruiting volunteers and attending community events to raise awareness. Finally, we will continue to search and apply for more funding and collaboration opportunities to further fund our efforts. 
 
We have also been interested in recent years in making our programs as efficient as possible to continue to increase our impact without exceeding our modest budget and staffing capacities. This year we took two important steps towards this goal when we acquired our new piece of land and our own vegetable cooler. The new garden is twice as large as our largest garden before, and is very close to two of our donation recipients, as well as one of our markets. The position and size of this garden, as well as the addition of a cooler to our center has allowed us to greatly cut down on our travel time and focus more of our time on energy on programming, rather than spending time and resources frequently moving between gardens.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

NUBIA has been growing fresh and culturally significant produce in the Roxbury and Dorchester communities for nearly 10 years now. The growing program started in one community garden plot with no budget to speak of, and has grown to our current reach, growing on 11 sites around the city and harvesting over 7,000 pounds a year, due to the dedication and passion of our Executive Director, Sayed Mohamed-Nour. What NUBIA lacks in budget and staff, it makes up for in experience, strong community partnerships, and dedicated volunteers. Sayed and those who work with him are always willing to put in the work needed to turn a vacant lot into a prospering garden in one growing season, and are confident that if the work and care are put in, funding and success will come. The name of the program Seed & Yield comes from this philosophy: "Whoever sincerely works, gains, and whoever seeds, yields." This philosophy drives NUBIA, and those who dedicate their time to help make the organization a success.
 
NUBIA has a number of community partners who have been key in our successes thus far and have enriched the students' engagement with the community. We enjoy a supportive partnership with The Food Project, and work closely with their Dudley Greenhouse, where we start our seedlings and share their cooler for produce storage. They have also offered their expertise for several garden development projects, such as our new rainwater catchment system. We also partner with SuccessLink and ABCD to host paid students in the summer and school year to teach youth job development and urban agriculture skills. Our small size allows us to dedicate attention and time to our small cohort of students each summer.
We enjoy partnerships with several local organizations also working on issues of food access and hunger as well. We donate regularly to the BMC Food Pantry, which has a program that allows doctors to prescribe their patients healthy food. We also donate our produce to Haley House, Rosie’s Place, the Daily Table, and the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) regularly. Additionally, we have begun to work with the Boston Public Health Commission this year through our lease of their rooftop garden space, as well as expanded our relationship with ISBCC to offer a weekly farmers' market and support their initiative to clean up and maintain a nearby park.
 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

NUBIA tracks several metrics in order to evaluate our progress. Success is measured in part by the amount of food grown, donated and sold in the 2018 growing season through expanded gardening programs and improved urban agricultural methods, as compared to the same figures recorded in previous years. Success in the youth programs will be measured by number of youth employed or engaged in urban agriculture volunteer opportunities or workshops, and the variety of activities provided in the summer program. Additionally, we will give all youth employed through the DYEE SuccessLink or Summer Job programs a pre- and post-program assessment measuring their confidence in job readiness, interpersonal skills and agricultural/nutrition knowledge to gauge the effectiveness of these programs in teaching their intended skills.
Specific metrics include:
• Pounds of produce harvested, sold and donated
• Number of programs offered, number of individuals participating, as well as qualitative data on how participants liked the programs, how much they felt they learned, and other programs they would like to see
• What important veggies or herbs customers can’t find easily or affordably in Boston, through short surveys or dot surveys at our farmers’ markets
• Number of students served during the summer and winter/spring terms, and quality of experience as measured by pre- and post-program surveys asking students about they comfort level with a variety of tasks/topics and general satisfaction with the program

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

While there is no one solution to issues of equitable food access, urban food production, or youth engagement, we have experienced great success in the past few years in engaging young people and a diverse group of community members in urban agriculture, increased produce consumption, cultural exchange, and food access. Through our urban gardens, donation programs, farmers' markets, and youth programs we simultaneously achieve our goals of teaching Boston youths valuable work and food production skills and providing fresh, local, healthy, culturally appropriate, and accessible produce to all members of the community. Each year we continue to increase the amount of fresh produce we are able to grow, sell, and donate in the city.
 
In the past year, we achieved our goals of increasing the amount of food we sold, harvested and donated, increasing the variety of vegetables offered, and continuing to build our summer youth program. In 2017 we added a new parcel of land to our production, a 10,000 square foot rooftop garden leased from the Boston Public Health Commission. This garden allowed us to increase our production, as well as diversify our crops, and as a result we were able to sell more produce at our farmers' markets, and had more left over to donate to our community partners. We also opened a new farmers' market at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center that was very successful. We continued to offer low prices and accept WIC coupons and the new HIP SNAP matching program points to achieve our goal of keeping our produce as accessible as possible.
We also had our most successful summer youth program yet, hosting 13 youth throughout the summer. Youth were given the chance to get experience with job environments, urban farming techniques, and customer service. We also ran special programs to give the students experience with special career skills, local art, community engagement, and cooking skills.
Finally in 2017 we finally were able to purchase our own vegetable cooler with the help of a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Research. Previously, we have had to rely on the kindness of the Food Project to use a small portion of their cooler. Having our own cooler has allowed us to have a more flexible harvesting schedule, saved us the time of traveling to and from TFP, and has kept our produce fresher between garden and market or donation.