Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Food Project Needs Our Help!

There are a small number of people creating some noise about The Food Project garden at Ingalls School. This small number has managed to get a fair number of names on a petition. The lease is up for a vote on Thursday night at School Committee. Apparently, the neighbors are blaming the Food Project for a rat issue in the neighborhood (something Lynn deals with in MANY MANY MANY neighborhoods).

I see a solution - stop cutting funds for the rodent control. Cut 50% from 2009 to 2010. Is this the Food Project's fault?

I do not see a solution in killing a garden where are children learn, from which we stock our farmer's market, and where much of our locally grown produce comes from in our CSA shares.

School Committee - RENEW THE LEASE on Thursday night.

Friends and Readers - Sign the online petition NOW!

Please come with me to the School Committee meeting on Thursday night to show your support of one of Downtown's most treasured resources.

Here is a note from The Food Project director James Harrison ----------------------

Dear Friends,

This Thursday, the Lynn School Committee will vote on whether or not to renew The Food Project's lease at Ingalls Elementary School.  This may come as a surprise based on the many benefits our work contributes to our community, but a very small yet very vocal group of individuals are doing their best to use this vote to shut down the farm.

I can not stress enough how important this vote is to The Food Project here in Lynn.  The Ingalls Farm is the cornerstone of our North Shore programs, and without it the future of The Food Project in Lynn will be placed in jeopardy. 

What you can do to help:
1. Come show your support.  The School Committee is meeting this Thursday (October 28) at 5:30 p.m. at the Tiger’s Den (first floor of the LVTI Annex), 90 Commercial Street Lynn, MA.
2.  Contact the Lynn School Committee.  Call 781-593-1680 or email  Let the School Committee know that you support the farm at Ingalls School. For more information on what's at stake, see below. 
3.  Let us know what you've done!  If you could send me just a sentence letting us know if you plan to come on Thursday and about your communication with the School Committee, that will keep us in the loop.
4. Forward this email.  Let your friends know that The Food Project needs your help today!

Click here to see an NECN news story on our work at Ingalls. This brief clip shows the many ways that The Food Project impacts the school and the communities it servers.

Thank you!!!!


- J. Harrison

James Harrison
Director of North Shore Region
The Food Project             
120 Munroe St.  
Lynn, MA 01901    

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