Sunday, October 21, 2012

MAP ready to sprout into future

            Coming off a surprisingly successful summer, the Massachusetts Avenue Project is making big plans to improve next season.
            Located at 389 Massachusetts Avenue, one of M.A.P.s main goals is to reduce the food desert on the West Side. In addition to providing the community with affordable fresh grown produce at their Massachusetts Avenue location, they also provide a mobile produce truck for easier access to fresh food.
            And with the growing season winding down, Katie Pfohl, Farm and Markets Assistant at M.A.P., is already looking forward to the next season and a new greenhouse.
            We are going to move our composting to somewhere else, and some of our chickens so that we can do that on a bigger scale, she said. We also want to grow a lot of lettuce. Get the greenhouse up and maybe do a little more adventurous stuff in the greenhouse.
            Eric Alcosiba a senior at Tapestry Charter High School has been employed with M.A.P. since February and he believes the program is beneficial for the community.
            Joining M.A.P. and actually working here you see where your food comes from, he said. You can get more involved with your community and it also teaches some great skills.
            For more information regarding M.A.P. and its growing green movement visit their website at mass-ave.or. Take a farm tour offered on Tuesdays at 4p.m. or Saturdays at 10:30a.m. ;the farm tours will go until the second week of November. By Sara O'Brien and James Wright