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Massachusetts Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture tour urban agriculture initiatives

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other officials visit the urban agriculture program in Dorchester. Report for BNN News. Aired September 18, 2012.

The governor’s visit was an important chance to remind policymakers that agriculture does not happen only in rural and suburban communities.

By Elena
The Food Project
September 26, 2012


On Tuesday, September 18, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Commissioner of Agriculture Greg Watson joined representatives from The Food Project (TFP), the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) to tour urban agriculture initiatives in Boston’s Dudley Street neighborhood. The group visited The Food Project’s urban farm on West Cottage Street, the Dudley Greenhouse on Brook Avenue, and several community gardens on Brook Avenue. Along the way, Governor Patrick chatted with neighborhood growers about their gardens, what they are growing, and why gardening is important to them. “It was exciting to see how much of an agriculture supporter our governor is,” remarked TFP Director of Community Programs Brandy Brooks, “and how knowledgeable and interested he is [in urban agriculture].

After their tour, the group settled down for a home-cooked meal in the Dudley Greenhouse. TFP interns Ian Chin and Anna McColgan used vegetables harvested fresh from TFP’s farms in the Dudley neighborhood to prepare a hearty meal of pulled chicken with barbeque sauce, beet greens, and eggplant; roasted potatoes and zucchini with basil and pimento aioli; salad with charred tomato vinaigrette; and spiced, stewed figs rolled in walnuts. While they ate, Ian, Anna, and DSNI youth Marva chatted with the governor about their experiences working with organizations in the Dudley Street area.

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