affordable food

Food in the 'Hood Meeting Feb. 8

The second Food in the 'Hood meeting of 2012 is happening on February 8, at the Bowdoin Street Health Center, 230 Bowdoin Street. Come to the meeting to discuss food possibilities in your Dorchester neighborhood! Do you travel outside of the neighborhood to buy better quality and/or affordable food? Are you interested in helping to improve access to healthy food in the neighborhood through community supported agriculture (CSA), urban agriculture, farmers' markets and healthy corner store initiatives? This meeting is free and open to all - healthy snacks will be provided. If you have questions, comments, would like to attend but can't, please call Maura at 617.754.0026. Cape Verdean Creole translation is available.

Food in the 'Hood Meeting Jan. 18

Are you interested in buying healthy food in your own neighborhood? Do you want to find out more about the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers' Market, and more? Join Food in the Hood for their next meeting, January 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bowdoin Street Health Center.The Bowdoin Street Health Center is located at 230 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. The meeting will include homemade pumpkin bread and fresh churned butter from the Senior Healthy Champions! For more information, please call 617.754.0026 or email Maura Beaufait.

Food in the 'Hood Meeting Dec. 14

On Wednesday, December 14th, Food in the 'Hood Committee will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bowdoin Street Health Center. Plans for next year and some developments with the Healthy Corner Store Initiative will be discussed! For more information, contact Maura Beaufait at 617.754.0026 or by email.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to the Mayor's Boston CAN Share campaign in which BSHC is participating. This year's drive will help to support food pantries across the city and to support Boston Bounty Bucks, the program that provides low-income families with access to healthy fresh foods by doubling their SNAP benefits at farmers' markets! For more information about CAN Share, visit this city website's link at

Dorchester Winter Farmers' Market, Mar 25

This Sunday, March 25th:  Dorchester Goes Green--GreenDorchester sponsors.  Bootstrap Composting will be on hand again.  Massages from 1-3 p.m.

Every week, the Farmers' Market will now have information about building jobs and trades every week. The Building Pathways Program and the Sheet Metal Workers will be at the market with information about apprentice program opportunities!

And, every week in March, the market will also feature fresh fish from Red's Best Seafood! >> Read More

"Eating Healthy on a Budget Workshop" Dec. 1

On December 1st @ 6:30pm, the Grove Hall Branch will be hosting a free workshop on healthy and affordable eating! Learn tips for eating well while saving money. Learn how to modify common recipes to make them healthier. Play an interactive nutrition game. This workshop will be led by community nutritionist Lauren Johnson from Community Servings. No pre-registration is necessary, and the event is free! For more information, or check out the Grove Hall Branch's website. l please call 1 617.427.3337 or check out the Grove Hall Branch's website.

Food in the 'Hood Meeting Nov. 9

Bowdoin GenevaAre you tired of the food options available to you in the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood? Do you travel outside of the neighborhood to buy better quality and/or affordable food? Are you interested in farmers' markets, community supported agriculture, community gardens, etc.? Food in the Hood monthly meetings are 2nd Wednesdays, except for in July, August, September and October when the farmers' market is happening. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bowdoin Street Health Center, 230 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester.

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Hey, Good Cooking! Nov. 5

Don't know what to do with all of your fall vegetables? Simply want some new ideas? Boston Is Growing Gardens and Cooking Matters invite you to Hey Good Cooking! a workshop on healthy, quick and affordable cooking. The workshop will be on November 5th, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Nightingale Community Garden at 512 Park Street in Dorchester. In this interactive demonstration, volunteer chefs and nutritionists will provide you with useful tips, delicious and nutritious recipes for you to make the most of your garden!

For more information or to register, please call 617.524.7696 or email

$5 Food Challenge Oct. 23

Think healthy, delicious cooking has to be expensive? The Dorchester Community Food Co-op invites you to the $5 Healthy Dish Challenge! Bring a $5 dish to this Potluck Dinner that can serve 2 - 4 people, using only $5 of ingredients. Show off your creation and share it with friends and neighbors! >> Read More

Think you're the best cook in Dorchester? Prove it! Enter your dish in the contest component of the $5 Healthy Dish Challenge. Dorchester Comedian Debra Farrar-Parkman will lead a panel of Dorchester Restaurant Chefs in choosing the tastiest $5 dish entered into the contest.


Dorchester Community Food Co-op

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The Dorchester Community Co-op is an organization currently in formation by residents of Dorchester, MA and surrounding communities, who are in the process of creating a food cooperative - a community-owned business that will bring healthy food into the community and make it accessible to all.

The Dorchester Community Co-op is committed to:

  • Inclusivity: The co-op will celebrate the diversity of our neighborhoods and reach out to the different ethnic groups, age range, and mixed income groups that make up our community.
  • Healthy Food:  Access to healthy, affordable, and nutritious food is essential to creating a healthy community.
  • Building Community: The coop will serve as a dynamic space to bring people together.
  • Sustainability: Social, economic and environmental sustainability are the cornerstones of the co-op business model.
  • New Economic Model: An economy controlled by its local residents provides stability.
  • Youth: Engaging our youth is important for building our future.
  • Jobs for our Community: Money spent in our community creates more local jobs and supports the Dorchester community.


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Please help by:

  • Joining the mailing list.
  • Pledging to become a member-owner.
  • Volunteering to help organize the co-op.
  • Follow DotCommCoop on twitter @DotCommCoop and on Facebook.
  • Telling neighbors and friends about the co-op.

Please contact Dorchester Community Food Coop via e-mail - help, support and ideas welcomed!

Key Programs Offered: 

Dorchester Winter Farmers' Market 2012 - 6 Norfolk Street, Codman Square, every Sunday 12-3, January through March


The Community Food Coop is in the preliminary phases of planning which means that now is a great time to get involved and have your voice heard!

Current primary goals are spreading the word about the co-op and involving as many people as possible now, in the beginning stages.

Activities planned for the coming months: location research, a neighborhood resident survey, and completion of feasibility and marketing studies. The community's help and input is essential to move this process forward! The co-op will need a minimum of 500 paid members-owners to break ground.

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