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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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