By Betsy Levinson | June 19, 2015
With a new director and a renewed focus on “bridging the gap,” The Food Project is gearing up for another season of farming, youth development and providing food security from its fields in Lincoln, Boston, Lynn and Beverly.
James Harrison, who goes by J., has moved from acting director to executive director of the organic farming program that started more than 20 years ago.
Harrison is a Lincoln native who knew early on that he wanted to study and work in agriculture. He attended college in Minnesota in the 1990s, and with two friends, started one of the first CSAs in that state. A CSA, or community-supported agriculture, program sells farm shares to customers who are entitled to a fresh box of produce every week.
The Minnesota CSA is still in operation, although Harrison said he sold his stake in the business to his friends after three years and moved on to other jobs.
“I have always had a passion for the land, and knew my vocation would be in farming and land management,” he said.
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