Meet Lucy!

Hi! I’m Lucy, a rising freshman at Tufts University. This summer at MAP, I worked on the farm as a Farm Specialist, where we did tons of fun, mildly labor-intensive, and some not-so-fun work. There's a lot of weeding involved, but we also got to harvest, start seeds, and water! I love watering, so my coworker Myo and I would often go out and water "Big Winter" (one of our more sizeable fields). We had to pull water up from the cistern [underground] and then lug it in 4 watering cans to the other side of the field. By the end, we could get the whole lot watered by hand in only 40 minutes! The other day we were harvesting tiger eye beans, which was probably my favorite day. Most of the beans were orange with a few purple swirls but once in a while we discovered some “mutant beans”: all purple with a few orange speckles. I love biology and genetics so this fascinated me to no end. I was ready to start cross-breeding them to come up with a new Mendelian ratio!

I learned so much working with Katie, our Farm Manager. She's so knowledgeable about plant life, and willing to share it. From the differences between cabbage and lettuce to “troubleshooting” my dying dill at home, I was really enjoying working around her. I had a few struggles to overcome, such as needing to stop being a perfectionist and working on being efficient and she was very patient with me as I adapted to daily life on the farm.

 I also had a bit of a secondary role which involves working with the new youth. All of us specialists have been through the summer program before, so we know what it's like. It's our job to set a good example for the others, so I try to come in every day with positive energy and good attentiveness, and I think it's working! I try to be open and friendly to others and it definitely pays off.
Being at MAP again reminds me of my passion for nature and for forming solid relationships with others. I enjoy working and learning here so much that I considered I'm considering applying for an ABLE Leadership position next summer!

I Am Like the Tree

I am like the tree
By Lay Dia 

I am like the tree, big tall and green
I need nourishment to survive each day
and to push through.
Trees need water, sunlight, and their
food to help them grow each day to
become the brightest they can be.
for my physical appearance and growth but also
nourishments for my mind, my spirit, and my soul.
I need love, friends, and families. I need
a  protector, a hope, the light. I am growing
new each day with the help of all. But mostly,
I became the person I am because of my faith and
the love Jesus had for me. I eat each day to survive,
my skin stretch, my bones get taller, and i become
more mature. Just like a tree it has a stopping point,
and that's the end of my life. I thank all who is
part of my life and [look forward to] the day I reunite with

I am a tree tall and green and I have lived a great life.

The sky was dark like how a blanket covers a bed

The sky was dark
By Dakota P

The sky was dark like how a blanket covers a bed. Birds were flying in a group like a herd of flamingos. The moon was shining like teeth after a good brush. The stars were blooming like how a flower expends in the ground. You could feel the wind blowing through your hair as you stare out at the moon. The water moves slowly, gently along the rocks. Close your eyes and feel like you're in bed. That’s the end of your days. Day and night, peaceful night. Now wake up, and now everything’s gone. Nothing. You realized you were locked up this whole time imagining what it would feel like if you were free.

Summer Corn Salad


8 ears corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red onion (diced)
1/2 red bell pepper (diced)
1 avocado
(seeded, peeled and chopped)
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 lime


1. Whisk dressing ingredients together and set aside.

2. Add 1-2 inches of water to a large skillet. Bring to a boil. Add shucked corn ears and cook for 3-4 minutes, rotating to cook on all sides. Drain water.

3. Heat grill on medium-high heat. Brush corn lightly with olive oil and grill for a few minutes, rotating it as it cooks, until golden on all sides.

4. Allow the corn to cool and then cut corn off of the cob and add to a bowl. Add remaining salad ingredients and drizzle with desired amount of dressing (you may not use it all). Toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


1. This is a quick, exciting dish to put together. Great after a long day at work. 

2. You may add this curry paste to another of your favorite stir fry sauces to intensify its heat.

3. Any eggplant variety can be substituted, just make sure to cut into small 2” pieces to keep the cooking time the same. Pieces without skin make cook faster or lose their shape a bit but the flavor will remain delicious.

Recipe adapted from: 

This recipe is brought to you by Massachusetts Avenue Project! Find MAP’s Mobile Market to purchase items on your ingredient list by visiting www.mass-ave.org or follow @massaveproject and #foodthatmoves on your favorite social media site.

Potato Salad with Yogurt, Arugula, and Dill


1 ½  Lb New Potatoes, cleaned

½ CUP Whole Milk Yogurt

¼ CUP Mayonnaise

2 Shallots, peeled and thinly sliced

2 CUP Arugula leaves, roughly chopped

1 Small Bunch Fresh Dill, finely chopped


1. Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender (15-20 min), remove from water and slice into quarters.

2. Whisk together yogurt and mayonnaise and toss potatoes in mixture.

3. Toss in the rest of ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve after chilling for at least an hour.


1. Best to let sit overnight before serving to let the flavors meld together.

2. Try adding a splash a vinegar to add a little zing to the dish 

3. Not a mayonnaise fan, no problem. Feel free doubling the yogurt and mixing in a little mustard for a different spin on this dish

Recipe adapted from: 

This recipe is brought to you by Massachusetts Avenue Project! Find MAP’s Mobile Market to purchase items on your ingredient list by visiting www.mass-ave.org or follow @massaveproject and #foodthatmoves on your favorite social media site.

Meet Nina!

Meet Nina!

Hi! My name is Nina. I’ve been working with MAP for 2 years and this summer I was a Farm to Table Specialist. I really enjoy cooking in the kitchen every Friday and I love cooking with the new youth. Being a mentor makes me feel like I'm teaching somebody a new skill every day. Helping new youth in the kitchen and creating culture menu is one of the best thing I learned just taking a leadership role. This summer I learned a bunch of different recipes that I tried at home. My favorite moment was when I made Puerto Rican dish called Pas de Mallarco. It’s like a sweet bread. Working in the kitchen this summer was one of the best experience I had working at MAP. I can't wait for more fun in the school year.

A Rose and Me

A Rose and Me
By Jerika A

una rosa es bonito
una rosa tiene
yo y la rosa omo

similar porque la
rosa es hermosa y
yo soy hermosa la
rosa tiene espina
y yo me enfosono

Rough translation----

a rose is beautiful
a rose has a
thorn in it,
and a rose is similar,
because the rose is beautiful and
I am beautiful, the
rose has a thorn and I am enriched

A Day In the Life of Mobile Market Specialists

A Day In the Life of Mobile Market Specialists
By Dakota P & Win T
Dakota's Reflections
My specialist position this summer was on the Mobile Market. What I do involved moving around most of the time. We count the cash box, drive around to the stop for our mobile market, and set up displays of different kinds of produce. I would tell the new youth what we do on the mobile market, and what the whole point of it is. My role is important because it helps people who don’t have healthy food access, and who can't afford high-end expensive food. This role influenced me by showing me that everyone needs access and more healthy stores by them.

Communication is a struggle I had to overcome. I’m usually very shy when talking to people so it was hard opening up more to people. I have learned you have to communicate to get somewhere in life. My favorite moment is every moment. When we help each other, when we laugh, talk, joke around together - those are my favorite moments. Seeing customers happy with what they’re getting makes me happy too.

Win's Reflections
My specialist position is on the mobile market. In the morning, I help load the truck
with the days produce and then drive out to the site. Our sites are very diverse and community friendly.
Once we get to the site, we unload the tables, tent, produce, and start to set up. Then we have the market,
where I attend to customers, which is fun but nerve wracking. Although, I’ve gotten the hang of selling to customers, I don’t think I’ll get used to meeting new people. After the market, we pack up and do inventory and calculate how we did financially.

This position is important to me because I get to help out communities in need. It makes me feel like I have a special role in the world. I have learned that some people actually do care what they’re consuming and want to eat “real” food. This has helped me for my future, because I might want to start a business someday and working on the market showed me pricing and the other logistics. I enjoy working on the market and I look forward to more.

Alize Reflects After a Day of Self Care

Alize Reflects After a Day of Self Care
By Alize Q

Today, I felt like a new person with a new attitude, I used to look at myself and frown. I used to think that what people thought of me mattered. Today I peeled back my skin and realized that I am beautiful, that I shouldn’t let what people say bother or confuse me. I even found new words to say when I feel burnt out. I brushed aside all the negative words or things I say when I’m sad, like: I’m overwhelmed, insecure, I can’t breathe - and replaced them with positive words like: I’m beautiful, powerful, and full of life.

Self care plan:
  1. Be myself
  2. Say positive things about myself
  3. Change my mindset when I’m angry or sad

What I will do if I reach burnout:

  1. Listen to Shawn Mendes “In my Blood”
  2. Listen to BTS
  3. Confide in my friends

Amida's Summer Experience

Amida's Summer Experience
By Amida A

My name is Amida. This is my fourth summer with MAP, since the the summer of 2015. This summer, I was a "Citizenship and Organizing specialist" at MAP. This is my second time as a Citizenship and Organizing specialist. This year, however, the Citizenship and Organizing position that I’ve been working is totally different from last summer.

The activities and the work I’ve been doing have affected me positively. Each morning, my work was to assist the Youth Education Director in different topics or activities that we were doing in the Citizenship and Organizing group.

We read news every morning and the youth gave different feedback about the news stories. We learned about justice and injustice. We had testimonies and all the people in our group told their stories and we had to actively listen. We also made zines in all of the groups of youth we had rotating through the citizenship and organizing group.

I was a specialist, which means I helped mentor the new youth too. It was a fun experience. It reminded me of when I first started at MAP! My favorite moment in Citizenship and Organizing was making zines and listening to music -- a playlist that we chose as a group. We got to listen to everyone’s music and learn what they like to listen to. Working as a Citizenship and Organizing Specialist made me learn that I like to be a leader and enjoy mentoring people.

An Introduction to Making Zines

InTrO To ZiNe MaKinG
By Birch K

If you run in the circles of Buffalo artists who are enthusiastic about self-producing you might’ve heard the word “Zine” (as in magaZINE) tossed around. Otherwise, the zine might be an abstract word you happened across today. According to the dictionary a zine “is a small-circulation self-published work”. Oftentimes made in smaller photocopied batches, zines are about as diverse as the communities they come from. Zines can be collages, handwritten poems, or more like small photo books. This week, MAP’s Citizenship and Organizing group took on the task of creating pages about topics they feel strongly about. But how does one go about making a zine and especially how does one do a social justice-type zine?

One: Figure Out Your Production Capacity
Do you have a fancy printer, glossy paper, and enough colored ink to make mistakes?
Do you have enough paper to print 20 zines?
Do you even have a printer? Here at MAP we were each given two half size sheets of paper to work on and print. Don't have a printer? Make a little set of these - they're the most accessible method of zine making because you only need a sheet of paper and scissors. Don't attempt a project that needs color if you don't have access to it.

Two: Decide What You Want to Do!
After you’ve decided what you're reasonably able to produce, let that guide what you decide to put on your pages. In my experience, this has started with finding something that gets my heart pumping. Monday’s work shift ended with a brainstorm prompted by the question: “what makes you passionate enough to fill two half pages with art?” Since we had a literal guidelines with the half pages, everybody was able to visualize what would work best on that space. On Tuesday, topics like black fashion, bullying, and art as self motivation were all decided on. And we had slightly different styles too, which leads me to the last and most important step...

Three: Get Stuff on Paper!
You know your size, you know your topic, and now you gotta put it all together! A lot of the pages were collages but not all collages are the same. Some pages were only pictures while others blended text and images to convey their message. And make sure you have fun with this part! Then (if you want to) you can make a little title and then boom! You have produced your own portable piece of art. Distribute them to your loved ones, sell them at a zine fair, drop them in your local coffee shop - they're yours!

Check out pages from our zines HERE!


Aye's First Time at a Nature Preserve

Aye's First Time at Reinstein Woods
By Aye Kar

Today's experience was awesome. We went to Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. The cool thing about today's visit was I finally know what Poison Ivy looks like and how to identify it. The most beautiful thing I saw today is the Water Lily. It is so beautiful. It was a little bit scary to walk through the wood because of Lyme Disease. The smell of the nature was not that bad, I thought it was going to be stink and smelly. I also like the peaceful feeling nature makes me feel. It was calm and quiet. Other things that we saw today were butterflies and caterpillar. Butterflies are so beautiful. I’d love to visit this place again. It is so sad that we did not to see any big animals.