On Saturday morning on September 13, members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn volunteered at The Food Project’s Lynn Farm located next to the Ingalls School. Working side-by-side with youth from the Project, they weeded beds and helped manage the massive on-site compost pile. Before getting their hands dirty, everyone participated in a game designed to provide interesting facts about how food travels from “seed to fork.”

“The Food Project is a fantastic organization bringing fresh food to Lynn, empowering youth workers and building community,” church member Tara Gallagher remarked. “It was a privilege to help them with their post-harvest tasks and to remember how much work goes into farming.”

Members were also lucky enough to take home some of the post-harvest bounty of squash, onions, beets, lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

According to its website, each year 120 teenagers from Greater Boston and the North Shore of Eastern Massachusetts cultivate The Food Project’s urban and suburban land. These young people participate in workshops, serve at local hunger relief organizations, lead volunteers on the farms, build raised bed gardens, and work with the community to find innovative ways to expand food access. The Food Project brings together a diverse group of young people across racial, socio-economic, gender identity, and geographic differences to partner with adults in building a more equitable food system for everyone.

“It was wonderful to see how positive, energetic, and well-informed all these young people are concerning issues related to food production and distribution. It is very encouraging to know that they will become the environmental leaders of tomorrow,” John Benson, another church member said. More information on the organization can be found at: thefoodproject.org

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, located at 101 Forest Ave. in Swampscott, volunteers at The Food Project each spring and fall. As Gallagher, who is also a member of the church’s “Green Team,” pointed out, “participating in the hard work of farming helps us all appreciate the food we have and encourages us not to waste.” She noted that the “Green Team’s” focus this year is “Climate Change & Faith” and “how we grow our food and what we eat has an impact on the planet’s changing climate. Eating more plants and buying local decreases our carbon footprint.”

We hope that you’ll come out to the farm with us next year and get your hands dirty!