Monthly Archives: July 2008

Local Food Movement, Articles from Coast to Coast

This Washington Post article features 3 women who ride their bicycles from Washington, D.C. to Montreal to document thriving small farms, community gardens, and the growth of urban agriculture.
In Washington state, people struggle to find a way to bring self-sufficiency to low income populations.
We love local food for its taste, for supporting the local economy, and for its benefits to the environment. How about how great it is for our health? I hate to get wrapped up in all the little details of nutrition, but it is definitely a perk to eating a variety of fresh produce. I came across this article from the American Institute of Cancer Research, and thought it might be useful in getting ideas on incorporating more unprocessed foods in our diet.

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Let Me Introduce Myself, and Your CSA Abundance

Let’s back up a little. My name is Angel, and I’m interning here at New Entry for the summer. I connected with this organization through the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. This fall, I will be starting a grad program in Agriculture, Food, and Environment at Tufts with hopes to build stronger food systems here in the US.
One of my responsibilities this summer (besides learning how to blog!) is helping Matthew, our CSA coordinator. I look forward to these days, packing shares for the World Peas Cooperative for distribution in East Boston and Andover. My first memory would have to be being greeted with big smiles and warm handshakes by some of the farmers. It was a hot, humid day and they had been out since early that morning harvesting for the distribution. Despite the weather and fatigue, they couldn’t contain their pride in the crops they were offering as they talked to Matthew and signed receipts. I walked into the cooler for the first time and was overwhelmed by the wonderful smell of just-harvested green onions, cilantro, and other greens. We try to pack carefully yet efficiently so Matthew can make his drive without hitting too much traffic.
While packing, we can’t help but exclaim every time we pull back the cover of a bushel basket, or open a tote about how beautiful the vegetables look, or how fantastic they smell. Every single time, it never fails. As I place beautiful vegetables in each box, I wonder how the shareholders feel when they pick up their share. Do they feel anticipation in uncovering the contents of their box? Do they wonder what recipe they will use to feature a certain green? Do their kids get involved and get excited too? I’d like to hear from you, share with us your CSA experience.

Seona at last Friday’s Lowell Market

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A Visit from Chef Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant

Chef Jody Adams, of Rialto Restaurant in Cambridge, MA, will be making a visit to Whitegate farm to meet with our farmers and do a Guerrilla Grilling piece next Monday, July 28. Supporter of local foods and cooking, Chef Jody has been visiting farms in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to meet with small farmers and show how food, right in our backyards, can be so deliciously prepared and enjoyed. This visit will focus on Asian produce and will feature two of our Cambodian farmers, Mr. Kim and Rechhat. We’re looking forward to the visit and will update with pictures from the event!

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Lowell Farmer’s Market

Hello there!
Last Friday was the opening day of the Lowell Farmer’s Market in JFK Square, right across from City Hall. The market opened at 3pm, with 7 vendors selling vegetables, herbs, berries and baked goods (which quickly sold out!). Mayor Bud Caulfield welcomed the market and did a cooking demonstration with Tom Shanahan of the Owl Diner.
The market will continue to expand and will feature locally produced items such as eggs, meats, dairy products, handmade jewelry, and potted herbs and plants. Support your community and stop by this Friday from 3-7pm for some live music and good times!


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Food for thought

Working in this office and with those involved in the New Entry community, it is easy to feel optimistic about the future of our food supply with people becoming more aware of the benefits of community supported agriculture. However, while walking down a city street or riding the T, I realize that there are many people that this food system can’t reach. What will it take to bring local foods to everyday people? Will the increase in popularity of CSA’s trickle down and make local, fresh foods a more affordable option than the grocery store alternative?

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Welcome to our blog!

Hello from the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project! This blog will be a way for us to share with the community on all the exciting changes and stories that are happening in our office, in the fields, and in the world of sustainable agriculture. Keep up to date on upcoming events, learn about our farmers and about the foods they are producing. We look forward to your comments and opening conversation on all things related to New Entry.




For more information about who we are, our mission, and programs, please visit our main website: http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu

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