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South Boston based, Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center at Heron Organic Farm, Concord. August 2013.

Dear Friends,

We are bursting at the seams with all the exciting news to share. Queue the drumroll, and the confetti. A few weeks ago, theMOVE received our official Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 501c3  non profit charity designation. We are grateful to Groundwork Somerville for serving as our fiscal sponsor for the last 5 years.
Our new designation gives us access to more opportunities, we are exempt from federal income tax, and can receive unlimited donations from individuals and other donors. Thanks to theMOVE’s board for spearheading the process and for each of you for believing in our mission.

In keeping with the good news, we completed another successful season, serving almost 500 individuals, giving approximately 2,100 volunteer hours at 10 family-owned, or not-for-profit farms (2 urban).  But, the experience of the youth we serve, cannot be summated in numbers, and since you were not there to watch them learn, check out the note below for an idea of what one student discovered and felt.  Can you imagine if every city child had this experience - regardless of their family’s income? Also, this season, we connected more deeply with urban education administrators, and the food services teams at Boston andSomerville Public Schools as we seek to influence how decision makers think about the current food system, and leverage their support for farm-based education in Metro- Boston.
This, is how we share the power of food.
As the season closes, we reflect on how privileged we are to do this work, we are thankful for the legacy of those who came before us, and all our colleagues who  do their part in rebuilding our food system and influencing wholesome education for our youngsters.

Cheers and best wishes,
Tamika R. Francis

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Join theMOVE as we spend Food Day 2014 week end, camping and volunteering on a lush sustainable farm, at  Bay End Organic Farm, Buzzards Bay, MA ( 1 hour south of Boston). The farm is family owned and was established in 1906. This is a unique chance to immerse yourself in an organic farm experience, local food, physical activity and  good company.  Take a look at pictures from last year’s week end here.

We will depart approximately 6pm on Friday October 24th, and return approximately 6pm on Sunday, October 26th.
The $120 trip fee includes:
Transportation: (via carpool) to and from location.  Central pick up in Boston and one other location, to be determined based on participants.
Accommodations & Equipment : cabin accommodations or tent, and sleeping bags and equipment, if you do not have your own. Access to modern restrooms,  hot showers – indoors and outdoors, and comfortable spaces for meals.
Communal Meals Farm to Table Meals : Snacks friday night,  breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Breakfast and lunch on Sunday, and your choice of wholesome snacks all week end. Most of the food will be sourced on the farm, or from near by farms/markets. We accommodate reasonable dietary restrictions, including vegetarians and vegans.
Other group activities, may include, nightly camp fire, and leisure trips to a local state parks, as determined by the group. This experience is tailored for adults.
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Limited scholarships available to students or needs-based applicants.
For more information, please visit http://www. farmvolunteer.org/volunteer or email Tamika R. Francis at connect@farmvolunteer.org.

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An authentic farm experience – guest post by Karyn Novakowski, Somerville Farm to School Project Director

Members of the Somerville Farm to School Implementation Planning Team had an opportunity to spend a day on a farm and work alongside each other outside of the traditional office setting.  The team was comprised of school staff, members of community based organizations such as Groundwork SomervilleShape Up Somerville, and UMass Extension, and other key members.

Welcome to the farm!
Introductions and goals for the day

The trip was organized and led by Tamika Francis of theMOVE. TheMOVE “organizes reflective farm-volunteer workdays for diverse urban groups across Metro Boston, to connect folks hands-on with fresh food, and with the labor and land that sustain us.” It sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

It was lovely; a beautiful late summer day. Flowers in the labyrinth were in full bloom and the tomatoes were at their height of ripeness. Some of them were so ripe that they were nearly falling off of the plants!

Flower labyrinth
Farmer Elizabeth Almeida of Fat Moon at Meadowbrook Farm took time from her very busy schedule to introduce us to her farm. The farm has hosted many students from the Greater Boston area, including those from Somerville. Elizabeth reminded us that “Kids can do real farm work.” Doing real work (weeding, harvesting, watering, seeding, feeding animals) leads to an authentic farm experience. When visiting the farm, students may perform skills and tasks they didn’t know they were capable of doing! This instills confidence and a deeper connection to the land where food is from.
We participated in real work too! Our goals for the day were to 1) prep a bed for a spinach planting by pulling out spent zucchini plants, 2) weed the beet patch and 3) harvest TONS (and taste a few) tomatoes from the greenhouse.
Weeding the beet patch!
Tomato rainbow
Harvesting tomatoes
And more tomatoes!
Thank you to Tamika and Elizabeth for organizing such a great day! And thank you to all the members of the planning team who joined us for the trip!
 Content and photos provided by Karyn Novakowski, Somerville Farm to School Project Director

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETSSummer Sol is theMOVE’s 5th annual celebration of our work, bringing communities closer to healthy food.  Enjoy an evening of catered delicacies and stirring cocktails, inspired by diverse international cuisines, and prepared with the freshest produce from our local partner farms & restaurants.  Summer Sol will be hosted at the Edward L. Cooper Community Gardening Center in Fort Hill, Roxbury.  Take a look at our photo albums from Summer Sol 2013 and Summer Sol 2012.+ TICKETS: are now available at summersol2014.brownpapertickets.com, buy yours today!  From 8/9 until 9/12, pre-sale tickets will be available for $75 per guest.  Day-of tickets will be available for $85 per guest, online and at the door. All proceeds from the event supports our work with urban youth and families. More details at www.summersol.org.

Click Here to Pre-view & Bid on Summer Sol Silent Auction

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FEATURING INCREDIBLE FOODS from Fresh Food Generation (Roxbury) | Haley House Bakery Cafe (Roxbury) | Boobee Bread (Roxbury) | Global Local Gourmet (Roxbury) | Mei Mei Street Kitchen(Fenway) | Basil Tree Catering (Cambridge) | Forklift Catering (Somerville) | Sophia’s Greek Pantry (Belmont) | Red’s Best Seafood (Seaport) | La Sanghita Cafe (East Boston) | Sofra Bakery & Cafe (Cambridge) | Red Fire Farm (Granby MA) | Blue Heron Farm (Lincoln MA) | Bay End Farm (Buzzards Bay MA) | Farmer Dave’s(Dracut MA) | Locust Knoll Farm (Sterling MA) | Iggy’s Bread (Cambridge) | Flour Bakery (Cambridge) | Taza Chocolate (Somerville)… and more!

FEATURING BOLD LIBATIONS from Percival Brewing Company (Dorchester) | Artisan Beverage Cooperative (Greenfield MA) | Berkshire Mountain Distillers (Great Barrington MA)… and more!

FEATURING GENEROUS SILENT AUCTION PRIZES from Taza Chocolate | Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health | Paul Goodknight | The Huntington Theater Company | Shared Harvest CSA | Edible Boston | Global Local Gourmet | Hubway | Gouveia Vineyards | Coastal Vineyards | Berkshire Mountain Distillers | Artisan Beverage Cooperative | Sugar Maple Inn | Boston Investments | Six Flags New England… and more!

FEATURING ECLECTIC INTERNATIONAL BEATS from DJ Trizlam & Dudley Disco

FEATURING BEAUTIFUL SEATING ARRANGEMENTS from Be Our Guest

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Boston Food Justice Hub | Bikes Not Bombs | Discovery Roxbury | NE Center for Arts & Technology – Culinary Arts Education | The Williams Agency | Wonder Women of Boston

SUMMER SOL is hosted by Tiffany Probasco | Markeya Williams | Glynn Lloyd | Erin Anderson | Brandon Ransom | Patti Moreno | Jasmine Laeitmark | Cagen Luse | Aziza Robinson-Goodknight | Anna Norcross | Paige Brooks-Cook | Katrina Kazda | Crystal Carrington | Dave Madan | Rebecca Schoen

Guest post by : Kim Szeto, Boston Public School, Farm to School Coordinator

FNS_CityGrowers_theMOVEAs summer winds down, BPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) staff is gearing up for the start of school on Thursday September 4th, 2014. We’ve spent the last week hosting various training and professional development opportunities for our cafeteria staff as they prepare their kitchens for another year of healthy, tasty school meals.

thMOVE_BPS_FFG_CGThis year, members of our FNS management team also spent a day out in the fields (literally!) reconnecting with our own stories of growing and eating healthy, sustainable foods. Through a partnership with theMOVE, a local non-profit that takes BPS students on reflective farm volunteer trips, our team alongside trainees from the Urban Farming Institute of Boston, helped harvest lettuce, stake tomatoes and weed squash beds at City Growers right off of Blue Hill Ave in Dorchester, MA.

Our staff also had the opportunity to hear from Cassandria Campbell, a BPS graduate and co-founder of Fresh Food Generation,  and taste a delicious spread of locally grown vegetables, jerk chicken, and rice and beans prepared by the new food truck and catering business aimed at improving access to healthy, affordable, foods in low-income neighborhoods here in Boston. It is days like these help our team to refocus, re-energize and remember why we do the work that we do to bring Boston’s students healthy and delicious meals each day.

Here’s an inspiring Ted Talk by Jarret J. Krosoczka author and illustrator of the Super Hero Lunch Lady graphic novels to remind us all of the important role that our staff plays in feeding and shaping our students each day.

Here’s to a great start to the 2014-2015 school year!

SUMMER SOL is theMOVE’s 5th annual celebration of our work, bringing communities closer to healthy food.  Enjoy an evening of catered delicacies and stirring cocktails, inspired by diverse international cuisines, and prepared with the freshest produce from our local partner farms & vendors.  Summer Sol will be hosted at the beautiful Edward L. Cooper Community Gardening Center in Fort Hill.  Take a look at our beautiful photos from Summer Sol 2013 and Summer Sol 2012.

TICKETS are now available at summersol2014.brownpapertickets.com, buy yours today!  From 8/9 until 9/12, presale tickets will be available for $75 per guest.   Day-of tickets will be available for $85 per guest online and at the door. This is an all-inclusive event, ticket price includes passed appitizers, hot food bar, cocktails, drink and dessert station + entertainment, with great company in an open garden atmosphere, in Boston’s historic Fort Hill neighborhood.

FEATURING INCREDIBLE FOODS from Fresh Food Generation (Roxbury) | Haley House Bakery Cafe (Roxbury) | Boobee Bread (Roxbury) | Global Local-Gourmet (Roxbury) | Mei Mei Street Kitchen(Fenway) | Basil Tree Catering (Cambridge) | Forklift Catering (Somerville) | Sophia’s Greek Pantry (Belmont) | Red’s Best Seafood (Seaport) | Locust Knoll Farm (Sterling MA) | Iggy’s Bread (Cambridge) | Flour Bakery (Cambridge) | Taza Chocolate (Somerville)| Sofra Bakery (Cambridge) … and more!

FEATURING BOLD LIBATIONS from Percival Brewing Company (Dorchester) | Artisan Beverage Cooperative (Greenfield MA) | Berkshire Mountain Distillers (Great Barrington MA) … and more!

 + FEATURING GENEROUS SILENT AUCTION PRIZES from Taza Chocolate | The Huntington Theater Company | Shared Harvest CSA | Edible Boston | Six Flags New England… and more!

 + FEATURING ECLECTIC INTERNATIONAL BEATS from DJ Trizlam & Dudley Disco

FEATURING BEAUTIFUL SEATING ARRANGEMENTS from Be Our Guest 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Boston Food Justice Hub | Bikes Not Bombs | Discovery Roxbury | New England Center for Arts & Technology – Culinary Arts Education | The Williams Agency



SUMMER SOL is hosted by Tiffany Probasco | Markeya Williams | Glynn Lloyd | Erin Anderson | Brandon Ransom | Patti Moreno | Jasmine Laeitmark | Cagen Luse | Aziza Robinson-Goodknight | Anna Norcross | Paige Brooks-Cook | Katrina Kazda | Crystal Carrington | Dave Madan

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