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ABCD Dorchester NSC & Bowdoin Street Health Center Host Holiday Harvest

photoIn collaboration with the Bowdoin Street Health Center, the Dorchester NSC will donate dozens of turkeys to some of the most vulnerable families  on Monday, November 25 between the hours of 11AM-2PM and Tuesday, November 26 from 10AM-1PM. Additionally the Holiday Harvest provides an affordable Farmer’s Market to promote healthy eating options during the holiday season. The event will take place at the Dorchester NSC, 110 Claybourne Street, Dorchester.

ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew explains, “While the economy has improved for many of us there are still too many families where unemployment or disabilities make it impossible to pay for basic needs. For most of us winter is an inconvenience, even a major inconvenience, but for those struggling, it is a time of crisis.” He added “Fuel assistance applications and food bank referrals are at an all-time high. Many people who never had to ask for help before are turning to ABCD for assistance this holiday season. We need help from the public to put a smile on a child’s face and help their family be warm and safe this winter.”

The Holiday Harvest and Turkey Distribution hosted by the ABCD Dorchester NSC will provide an opportunity for residents to receive both a turkey and shop for healthy and affordable produce. “We are grateful to collaborate with the Bowdoin Street Health Center in our annual Holiday Harvest and turkey distribution event”  explained Eric Mitchell, Operations Coordinator for the ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center. “Not only do we provide turkeys to help celebrate Thanksgiving, families also have access to affordable fresh produce. Healthy eating is a lifelong choice and the holidays are a great time to educate our community about nutritional options.” Continue reading

Photos from Halloween Harvest Festival 2013

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Photo credit: Allyson Gittens

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Trick-or-Treat on Bowdoin Street

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We’re gearing up for Halloween here in Dorchester and we sure are excited!  This year, we’re teaming up with the neighborhood to bring you an event you won’t soon forget.

Beginning at 4pm on Thursday, October 31st, we invite you to come by the farmers market in your Halloween costume to receive a FREE trick-or-treat bag and a map to all the locations on Bowdoin Street that will be giving away goodies!  Make your way through the farmers market vendors (who’ll have treats of their own) and follow the map to find other participating businesses and organizations.

Finally, end your journey at the Community Hub Halloween Party at the corner of Bowdoin and Topliff Streets for even more music, yummy treats, and fun!

Trick-or-treaters of all ages welcome, as long as you’re in costume!


Interested in volunteering?  We need volunteers to help with set-up for the event from 3-4pm and for assisting kids in safely crossing the street from 4-6pm.  If you are interested in lending a hand for this great event, please call Maura at 617-754-0026.

Photos from 2013 Seafood Throwdown

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Sustainability in Action at the Seafood Throwdown

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This week, we’re gearing up for another great event at the farmers market – the Seafood Throwdown.  The event is an opportunity to showcase the best of local seafood, to learn about sustainability in the seafood industry, and to celebrate together the wealth, beauty, and bounty of our ocean!

The throwdown will feature a head-to-head competition between Chef Ken McCluskey of The Blarney Stone in Dorchester and Chef Stephen Pierce of BIDMC Food Services.  The chefs will battle it out to cook up the most delicious rendition of a mystery local seafood ingredient which will be unveiled by Red’s Best Seafood just moments before the clock starts!  Each chef will receive $25 to spend on seasonal produce at the farmers market to complement their fresh-fish dish. Continue reading

Photos from Senior Celebration 2013

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Photos courtesy of Aidan Ackerman

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Announcing FREE Compost Drop-off Pilot at the Farmers Market!

In collaboration with Greenovate Boston, the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives and Office of New Urban Mechanics, and Renewable Waste Solutionswe are thrilled to announce a new residential compost pilot.  Beginning August 15th and continuing through the end of the market season in October, shoppers at the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market will have the opportunity to drop off compost collected from their home kitchens for FREE! 

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Food scraps will be transported to Rocky Hill Farm in Saugus, Massachusetts where they’ll be transformed into high-quality organic fertilizer to support local, sustainable agriculture in the MetroBoston area – including urban agriculture projects within the city limits!

So, start collecting your compostables today (see list of eligible items below) and get ready to bring them by during your next visit to the market.  For more information on the project, contact the Maura Beaufait, Farmers Market Manager at mbeaufai@bidmc.harvard.edu or 617-754-0026.