Seed Crew Application

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Youth. Food. Community. Three important issues that intersect in one place: The Food Project. Here, we believe that food is a unique vehicle for creating personal and social change. Nothing else ties us so intimately to each other and the planet we share, affecting our health, the climate, culture, and poverty and privilege around the globe. If we — young and old from all walks of life — can unite to change the food system, we can change the world. From our urban and suburban farms to our community education programs, we aim to do just that by bringing together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build local and sustainable food systems.

Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, we work with more than 120 teenagers and nearly 2,000 volunteers to farm on 70 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the towns and cities of Wenham, Lincoln, Boston, and Lynn. We consider our hallmark to be our focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work. In addition, we help others grow their own food and provide training resources based on all we have learned.

Seed Crew provides the first opportunity for young people to get involved with The Food Project. 

This summer, we will recruit 84 high school students between the ages of 14 and 17 across racial, socio-economic, gender identity, and geographic differences to work on our urban and suburban farms in Boston, Lincoln, Lynn, and Wenham, MA. During this six-week program (July 8th- Aug 15th, 2024), youth work with staff to grow vegetables and distribute thousands of pounds of produce while developing leadership, teamwork, workplace, and civic participation skills.

After working on our farms each morning, Seed Crew spends most afternoons in workshops learning about sustainable agriculture, food access, social justice, and more. 

We are excited to engage with our new crews for Summer 2024! 

To be eligible for the position, prospective candidates must...
  • Be between the ages 14-17 (must be 14 by June 1st and have completed 8th grade by July 1st). 
  • Have completed an application with a recommendation before March 11th, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Be available to work every day of the entire six-week Seed Crew (see dates below).
  • Be invited for, and complete an interview.
Note: In order to submit your application, you must have a letter of recommendation included from an adult who is not a family member. 

Paperwork Orientation: May 1st, 2024 12PM - 1PM OR  5:30PM - 6:30PM

Seed Crew Orientation:  June 8th, 2024  

Seed Crew Season: Greater Boston Monday-Friday July 8th- Aug 15th, 2024

North Shore Monday-Friday July 8th - Aug 14th, 2024

Seed Crew members will work approximately 28-32 hours per week, and will be paid $15.00 per hour.

We will review all submissions and reach out to you at the email address provided on this application to schedule interviews and provide next steps for the application processPlease check your email often! Good luck!

Questions? Email or call 781-259-8621 ext 3.

The Food Project is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, including breastfeeding, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants. 

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on The Food Project. Please inform The Food Project if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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The Seed Crew operates in two different regions: North Shore and Greater Boston.

If you live in Essex County, we recommend you apply to the North Shore region. If you live in Suffolk, Worcester, Norfolk, or Middlesex County, we recommend you apply to the Greater Boston region.

North Shore

Essex County: Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester By The Sea, Marblehead, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North, Andover, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, West Newbury

Greater Boston

Suffolk County: Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop

Worcester County: Athol, Auburn, Barre, Berlin, Blackstone, Bolton, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East, Brookfield, Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, Westminster, Winchendon, Worcester

Norfolk County: Avon, Bellingham, Braintree, Brookline, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham , Dover, Foxborough, Franklin, Holbrook, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Milton, Needham, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Quincy, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Wellesley, Westwood, Weymouth, Wrentham

Middlesex County: Acton, Arlington, Ashby, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn

Please tell us about yourself!

What would you like us to call you, if different than first name

Please use a format like 617-555-5555

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Please use a format like 01/01/2007

Please enter information about a parent or guardian

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All our sites are accessible by public transportation. We strongly encourage that you use public transit to get to work, as you will be responsible for arriving on time every day. We provide public transportation passes (i.e. MBTA buses, subways and trains).
Crew members in Greater Boston will work in both Boston and Lincoln.
  • West Cottage Farm - 40 W Cottage St, Dorchester, MA 02125
  • Baker Bridge Farm - The intersection of Baker Bridge and Concord Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.  (There will be a pick-up from Alewife and from Lincoln Station). 
  • Dudley Greenhouse - 11 Brook Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119
  • The Food Project Office - 555 Dudley St, Dorchester, MA 02125
Crew members in the North Shore will work in both Lynn and Wenham.
  • Ingalls School Farm - 1 Collins St. Terr, Lynn, MA 01902
  • Reynolds Farm - 78 Larch Row, Wenham, MA 01984
  • Lynn Vocational Technical Institute - 80 Neptune Blvd, Lynn, MA 01902
  • The Food Project Office - 120 Munroe St, Lynn, MA 01901

Additional Questions

Essay Questions

Please address the following questions and statements by writing one to three paragraphs per prompt . The more information you provide us, the better we will be able to get to know you! 


Please choose someone to provide a letter of recommendation. In addition, they may receive a phone call or an email from The Food Project asking about your strengths as a candidate. Your recommender must be an adult who is not a family member. Below is some general guidance for the letter.  
Please share this information with your recommender: 
Using the five questions listed below, please give your observations concerning the applicant. 
  1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
  2. How would you describe the applicant? 
  3. What are the applicant’s strengths?
  4. If you had to say anything about what areas or things that the applicant has to grow in, what would it be?
  5. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Please use a format like 617-555-5555

Next Steps

An interview is the last phase of the hiring process.  Once we’ve processed your application form, we will send you an email (to the address you provided on this application form) with further details. 

By submitting this application you certify that all of the above information is true and complete, and understand that any falsification or omission of information made above may disqualify you from further consideration for employment or, if hired, may result in your termination at any time during the period of employment regardless of the amount of time that has passed.

Questions? Email or call 781-259-8621 ext 3.

By electronically typing my signature, I agree that it has the same legal effect as my handwritten signature. I affirm that the information provided is accurate to the best of my knowledge and I accept responsibility for mistakes and omissions. Both people must sign. A youth may not sign for parent/guardian and a parent/guardian may not sign for a youth.