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, 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!



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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Come join theMOVE as we offer our help to Andree and her family at JP Green House in Jamaica Plain in Boston (T-accessible), a sustainably-designed home with a 1200 square foot garden that provides their family with much of their food for 6 months of the year! We’ll help with harvesting, weeding, and whatever else needs help that day.

The work day will go from10a-1p. We’ll offer a complimentary lunch, snacks and only ask for a contribution from participants who can give. The house/farm is easily accessible from Forest Hills Station on the orange line. Maximum of 2 youth per 1 adult, preferably youth 8-18years, although we welcome all. Only 12 spaces available. SIGN UP HERE.

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Somerville based, Taza Chocolate, has a tour donation program that aims to give back to the communities that they are part of — from our local community of Somerville, MA, to the global community to which we all belong.

For every ticket sold for our public tours of the Taza Chocolate Factory, we donate $1 of the $5 ticket price to a non-profit organization. Each quarter, we choose a different organization, in recognition of the myriad of different charitable initiatives that need support, both close to home, and across the planet. We’re thrilled that our donation recipient for the third quarter of 2014 (July to September) is theMOVE, an organization that shares our passion for connecting people with the sources of their food.

About Taza Chocolate:

“We make stone ground, organic chocolate. Cacao is so complex in flavor that we want to let it speak loud and proud. That is why we do less to bring you more. We stone grind organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, unlike anything you have ever tasted.

Taza founder Alex Whitmore took his first bite of stone ground chocolate while traveling in Oaxaca, Mexico. He was so inspired by the rustic intensity that he decided to create a chocolate factory back home in Somerville, MA. Alex apprenticed under a molinero in Oaxaca to learn how to hand-carve granite mill stones to make a new kind of American chocolate that is simply crafted, but seriously good.”

Learn more about Taza Factory Tours here. Book your tour and help theMOVE earned much need funds to continue our work.

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Boston Public School/USDA Farm to School funding with sponsorship from Boston Organics allowed an entire 6th grade class from a Dorchester based, Lilla G. Fredrick Middle School (101 students), and 31 students from a Roxbury based, Dearborn Middle School to have 1.5 hours of dedicated, in-class activity on food science, health, and food justice in addition to our one-day, signature farm volunteer work days led by theMOVE, and our community volunteers. 17 urban educators also participated in the the program over a 5 week period at two local farms.

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(L-R) 1. Lilla G. Fredrick Pilot Middle School, 6th grade English Language Learners photographed after a farm volunteer work day at Blue Heron Organic Farm at Lincoln, MA. 2. Dearborn Middle School, 6th graders photographed after farm volunteer work day at Wright Locke Farm in Winchester, MA. 3. Kim Szeto, Boston Public School Farm to School Coordinator alongside Principal, James Brewer and Mathematics teacher, Calotta Mason prior one of the four Lilla G. Fredrick for farm volunteer workdays. 4. theMOVE’s Executive Director, Tamika R. Francis hands over organic fruit snacks from Boston Organics to Tommy Simmons, and student of Lilla G. Fredrick Middle School.

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We are excited to welcome Jasmine Laietmark, former volunteer, turned Farm Volunteer Logistics Lead to theMOVE’s team. 


Since being transplanted from the midwest in 1998, Jasmine discovered she is in love with every neighborhood of Boston, each for a different reason. Her favorite spot is her shared garden in the Oak Square neighborhood of Brighton. Jasmine is a proud alumna of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with bachelors degrees in Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) and Art History. Her creative collaborations led to work for justice at a number of organizations, including Bikes Not Bombs, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE), and the Boston Cyclists Union: directing events, leading grassroots fundraising, and managing communications. Jasmine is currently living the day-job dream as one of three staff at the Cambridge Historical Society, thriving in an environment overflowing with century-old postcards and glass plate negatives of half-built bridges over the Charles River, while working with theMOVE on a part time basis.



paigeJoin theMOVE on one of our Farm Volunteer Work Days or Farm Volunteer Week-end Experience  in Spring, Summer & Fall 2014. Some 2014 dates and farms are listed here, and details will be posted soon.  Join our list to learn more, or check back later.

If you are an urban educator, or youth worker in Metro-Boston, e-mail us at connect [at], to learn about farm volunteer work days for your youth.

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