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Community greenhouse provides fresh vegetables year-round

The Food Project GreenhouseThe Dudley Community Greenhouse allows The Food Project to provide prospective gardeners year-round opportunities to grow vegetables, herbs, and greens.

Most of the gardeners come from the Dudley neighborhood in Roxbury, MA, and many make this a family project with children helping plant the 8' x 4' individual beds with the family's choices as well as working in the communal beds for cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, yellow watermelon, and more.

"Not too long ago, this site where we’re standing was a garage; it was an eyesore and a blight on the neighborhood," Roxbury Mayor Thomas M. Menino said during a tour in May. "Now it is an agricultural oasis, where residents can learn how to grow their own vegetables, and where fresh, affordable produce will be grown for the city’s farmers’ markets and food banks."

Besides providing fresh food, The Food Project employs community teens to work at the greenhouse and their other farms and urban plots in Massachuetts. This job program teaches important lifeskills as well as provide much needed income.

With the Dudley Community Greenhouse, The Food Project can continue to create jobs for local kids in the winter.

GreaterGood.org supports The Food Project and other innovative programs to combat hunger and poverty through contributions from The Hunger Site and the Gifts That Give More [tm] program.

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