Conservation Law Foundation Supporting BPM with Free Legal Assistance

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and the Boston Public Market have just announced that the Boston Public Market will receive pro bono legal assistance through CLF's new Legal Services Food Hub.

The Legal Services Food Hub is a project of Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). CLF recruits attorneys to participate in the Legal Services Food Hub and manages the project. After receiving requests for legal assistance from food businesses and organizations, CLF reaches out to the Legal Services Food Hub attorney network and matches the participant with a skilled lawyer who will provide pro bono legal services.

"Every successful business needs legal help, but costly legal services are not affordable for many farmers and food entrepreneurs," said Jennifer Rushlow, Staff Attorney and Director of Farm and Food Initiative, Conservation Law Foundation. "We're excited to be working with the Boston Public Market to support a place where dozens of food growers and producers can sell their wares, connecting urban residents with the New England agricultural economy."

Attorneys from Nixon Peabody will advise the Boston Public Market during lease negotiations with the over 40 permanent, year-round vendors who will sell locally produced items such as farm fresh produce; meat and poultry; cheese; fish and shellfish; bread and baked goods; flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods at the market, which will open in summer 2015. The Boston Public Market will also help connect vendors in need of legal assistance with the Legal Services Food Hub's network of attorneys.

"We're so grateful that the Legal Services Food Hub was able to match us with Nixon Peabody," said Liz Morningstar, CEO of the Boston Public Market. "By connecting farmers and food entrepreneurs in Massachusetts with expert legal advice, the Legal Services Food Hub allows these small food businesses to expand, professionalize, and focus on their real work--growing and producing fresh local food."

Vendor selection for the Boston Public Market is an ongoing, robust, multi-stage process that involves a variety of stakeholders, including Boston Public Market staff, industry experts, community members and national consultants. The Boston Public Market is still accepting Intent to Apply Letters in key vendor categories.

"We're thrilled to be helping the Boston Public Market negotiate leases with vendors from around Massachusetts and New England, allowing these local food businesses to sell directly to customers in Boston," said Jennifer Simon Lento, an Associate at Nixon Peabody. "Participating in the Legal Services Food Hub is a great way for the legal community to contribute to the growth of our local food economy."

The Legal Services Food Hub already helps several Massachusetts farmers, food entrepreneurs, and farm/food organizations, including CropCircle Kitchen (CCK), which operates Boston's only shared-use commercial kitchen and culinary business incubator. CCK is currently partnering with the Boston Public Market to offer contract processing options to market vendors and to facilitate connections between market vendors and other Boston-area food businesses.

"CLF's Legal Services Food Hub has been a great partner for CropCircle Kitchen and many of the businesses we serve. They've connected us with tremendous legal expertise on everything from basic business entity formation to complex tax and equity investment structuring, and even assistance with hiring and labor issues," said CCK Executive Director Jen Faigel. "They're a terrific partner for any small food business who wants to expand their operations and serve more customers."

"Farmers and food entrepreneurs are critical to the health of our communities, the preservation of our environment, and the growth of our economy," said Rushlow. "When they are successful, we all benefit, and this is a way that members of the legal community can help."

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) manages the Legal Services Food Hub to help farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related organizations access free legal assistance for their transactional legal needs, such as land acquisition/transfer, estate issues, taxes, contracts, and corporate formation, among others. Visit the Legal Services Food Hub at legalservicesfoodhub.org.

Groundbreaking celebration news roundup

There was a great turnout for the Boston Public Market groundbreaking celebration on October 9th and we couldn't be happier to enter the construction phase of our project! Below is a roundup of news coverage from the event - and stay tuned for more photos.

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Boston Globe: Boston Public Market construction to begin

Boston Hearld: Boston Public Market gets fresh start  

Boston Magazine: Boston Public Market finally breaks ground

WBUR: It looks Like Boston Is Finally Getting A Public Food Market

Metro: Boston Public Market breaks ground at Haymarket

Groundbreaking celebration slated for Thursday!

This Thursday Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Martin Walsh will join supporters of the Boston Public Market to recognize a new milestone in the project. Construction is set to begin and we'd love if you'd come celebrate with us.

The event begins at 1:30pm on the north side of City Hall Plaza along Congress Street. See you there!

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to provide health and wellness programming at the Boston Public Market

The Boston Public Market and its lead programming partner, The Trustees of Reservations, today announced Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) as the Health and Wellness Partner for the new indoor public market slated to open in summer 2015. Blue Cross, the first corporate sponsor announced for the Market, will provide content for health and wellness programming and help launch an initiative to help lower-income families.

"We share the Boston Public Market and Trustees commitment to a healthy Massachusetts," said Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of Blue Cross. "We are pleased to be a part of this new endeavor, as it reflects our commitment to the community and the health and wellness of children and families."

"We are so pleased to have Blue Cross partnering with us to provide programming that encourages healthy living, nutrition, and community wellbeing," said Liz Morningstar, CEO of the Boston Public Market. "Along with The Trustees of Reservations, Blue Cross will help us launch the Market with a strong educational component that reaches both our customers and Boston's neighborhoods."

This news follows the announcement last week that the Trustees of Reservations will serve as the lead programming partner for the public market to be located on Blackstone Street, directly above the Haymarket MBTA station, and will manage the teaching kitchen in the Market. The programming curriculum will be based on partner-driven content in order to connect market patrons and community members with information on culinary education, health and nutrition, youth engagement, sustainability and conservation, and will include programming such as chef-led cooking demonstrations, nutrition classes, market tours, and workshops. Blue Cross will contribute expert information on health and wellness practices as part of the programming offerings. They will also sponsor a program that improves access for SNAP and WIC participants to the Market's selection of fresh, local, and nutritious foods. "We believe that with the Trustees' experience in connecting people to land and farming and Blue Cross' experience in health and wellness, we will be able to present programs that align perfectly with the mission of the Market," said Barbara Erickson, President and CEO, Trustees of Reservations.

Cookbook Author Series: Catherine Walthers (10/14/14)

A greens expert, Catherine Walthers is the author of 4 cookbooks, including Raising the Salad Bar and the newly released Kale, Glorious Kale. She works as a private chef and cooking instructor in the Boston area and on Martha's Vineyard, where she founded the West Tisbury Cooking Lab for cooking classes.

Catherine will be joining us at the Dewey Square Farmers market Tuesday October 14th from 12-2. Stop by to pick up a copy of her newest title and get some recipe ideas for your greens!

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Programming Partnership with Trustees of Reservations

We are happy to announce a partnership with The Trustees of Reservations who will offer a robust and diverse educational program at the Boston Public Market!

The new partnership will bring the Trustee's experience and expertise in community programming to the Boston Public Market.

Within the Market, an area devoted to outreach and programming will be managed and staffed by the Trustees of Reservations, offering year-round educational opportunities for customers of the Market, residents, and visitors. The programs will be produced by the Trustees and delivered with a diverse set of non-profit partners. They will address culinary education, health and nutrition, youth engagement, sustainability and conservation, and will include programing such as chef-led cooking demonstrations, nutrition classes, market tours, and workshops.

The agreement is the culmination of an ongoing collaboration between The Trustees and the Boston Public Market. The two organizations have worked together to raise funds for the design and build-out of the market, especially the demonstration kitchen that will serve as an educational hub.

The Trustees' programming at the Boston Public Market will reach a broad and diverse range of visitors and residents. The Trustees currently offers around 900 public programs on about 60 of its 113 reservations annually, but the new arrangement with the Public Market constitutes the first time the organization will offer programming on a site that is not its own reservation. The Trustees has offered a regular selection of walks, talks, hikes, classes, workshops, tours, and performances to its many visitors, members, neighbors, and community groups as part of its effort to get more people to enjoy and experience its growing portfolio of sites. Annually, the organization estimates that it has more than 1.2 million visitors on its reservations and about 250,000 attending its public programs.

Historically, the Trustees has protected over 200 farm properties, including the nation's oldest, Appleton Farms, and the organization is the largest private farm-land owner in the Commonwealth. Recently the Trustees began to see its properties as ways to help facilitate healthy connections to locally grown food. The organization has begun to focus on building a sustainable food system and is actively involved in community supported agriculture (CSA), farm stands, pantry donation, "food by prescription," apprenticeships, day camps, and a full-fledged dairy operation. Last year, it launched Appleton Cooks, a culinary based program out of a demonstration kitchen at Appleton Farms and this fall has opened Powisset Cooks, a similar program at Powisset Farm in Dover.

The Boston Globe has published an article featuring this new partnership - you can read the full article here.

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StreetWise MBA™ Program offered to Local Food Producers!

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Boston Public Market, Interise and CropCircle Kitchen offer StreetWise MBA™ Program to Local Food Producers!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Interise and CropCircle Kitchen that will provide innovative business training to local food vendors at the Boston Public Market slated to open in summer 2015.

"Interise's StreetWise 'MBA'™ program has a proven record of helping small businesses grow and flourish, and we're excited to work with them on a new initiative focused specifically on the needs of food businesses as a way to support our vendors.," said Liz Morningstar, CEO of the Boston Public Market. "We're also looking forward to working with CropCircle Kitchen--benefiting from their deep knowledge of the food business and connecting our vendors to their tremendous new commercial kitchen facilities in Dorchester."

Vendor applicants and local small food businesses will participate in Interise's award-winning StreetWise 'MBA'™ program aimed at growing jobs and creating more revenue. The program covers topics such as business development, strategic planning, access to capital, government contacts, financials, marketing and sales, and human resources.

Unlike some formal training, participants in the StreetWise 'MBA'™ program don't study large corporations, they work on their own businesses. Each participating business functions as a live case and owners use their own experiences as a case study. As business owners learn about each topic, they instantly apply the lessons to their business and implement change.

Interise's StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum is already offered in 36 communities across the nation. More than 2,000 entrepreneurs across the country have completed the StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum with extraordinary results. Business owners who completed the program retained and created a net total of 8,352 jobs and 64% of business owners who participated enjoyed revenue growth.

"I'm thrilled to enter into this partnership with CropCircle Kitchen and the Boston Public Market," said Bernard Johnson, Director of National Programs at Interise. "This partnership will help us give a leg up to a diverse group of business owners in this underserved neighborhood of Boston, ensuring the business owners have the tools they need to grow their businesses to the next level."

CropCircle Kitchen (CCK) operates Boston's only shared-use commercial kitchen and culinary business incubator. They recently opened a second, new facility in the former Pearl hot dog factory in Dorchester. The Pearl Food Production Small Business Center features a state-of-the-art shared-use commercial kitchen, large cold and frozen storage space, and a separate commissary where CCK staff will offer contract processing options to local farmers and market vendors. CCK will play a key role in advising on curriculum and facilitating connections between market vendors and other Boston-area food businesses. CCK will also recruit other wholesale and retail food businesses to participate in the StreetWise 'MBA'™ program.

"This new partnership between our organizations is a game-changer for local food businesses," said Jen Faigel, CCK's Executive Director. "It directly connects Interise's excellent business education program with CCK's hands-on food production training and shared kitchen facilities, and links them to the tremendous opportunity for retail sales at the new Boston Public Market. CCK is thrilled to be partnering on this effort."

On September 29 from 6-8 p.m. at 196 Quincy Street in Dorchester, the organizations will host a tour of CCK's Pearl Food Production Center, where vendor applicants and local small food businesses will be able to learn about funding, business planning, bookkeeping and marketing opportunities available to them.

In addition to gaining new knowledge, participants in the StreetWise 'MBA'™ program will also make valuable connections with their fellow market vendors, small food businesses from CropCircle Kitchen, other business owners and experts. Working through similar business challenges with entrepreneurs like themselves removes that feeling of isolation and provides access to the resources, relationships, and structure needed to successfully scale their business.

At the end of the program, participants emerge with a certificate of small business and entrepreneurship and a Strategic Growth Action Plan™ -- a three-year plan designed throughout the program outlining business goals and the specific action steps necessary to achieve them. Enrolling in the StreetWise 'MBA'™ also provides ongoing access to and inclusion in the Interise business directory, educational webinars, networking events, CEO Groups, seminars, and the Private Sector Network (PSN), Interise's "Instant Rolodex" of business experts and volunteers.

"Developing the three-year strategic plan helped us gain immense insight into our business and allowed us to move forward with confidence," said Daniel Cordon, SWMBA participant and former Director of Wholesale and Transitional Employment for Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury. "The knowledge, commitment, and richness of resources offered through the StreetWise MBA'™ can assist any small business looking to become successful and sustainable."

The Boston Public Market will be a permanent, year-round, self-sustaining market featuring fresh locally-sourced food brought directly to and from the diverse people that make up Massachusetts and New England. The market's permanent, indoor location on the Greenway directly above the Haymarket MBTA station is slated to open next year. The Boston Public Market currently runs two seasonal farmers markets each year along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, featuring over 30 local producers.

Introducing our new Market Manager!

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Tiffani Emig to Oversee Day-To-Day Operations at Boston's New Permanent, Indoor Farmer's Market.

We've hired a new market manager to oversee day-to-day operations at the planned public market slated to open in summer 2015. Tiffani Emig, joined the BPM team in early September, comes to Boston from Pittsburgh, where she was Market Manager at the Pittsburgh Public Market for three years. There, she managed the market's daily operations as it moved from a temporary location into its permanent home, which opened in October 2013.

"Tiffani has unique experience getting a public market up and running, from working with local food vendors and recruiting tenants to overseeing market employees and managing a retail property," said Liz Morningstar, CEO of the Boston Public Market. "She understands the importance of locally-grown and produced food to building healthy communities. We're excited to have her on board as we prepare to open Boston's first permanent, indoor farmer's market."

"My father's family owned a small-scale dairy farm in rural Ohio and sold the milk produced by the farm to the local cheese maker across the street," said Emig. "Local food markets connect consumers with growers and producers and support that small-scale, locally-focused form of agriculture. What excites me most about the Boston Public Market is that it is ultimately about more than food - it's about community."

The Boston Public Market will be a permanent, year-round, self-sustaining market featuring fresh locally-sourced food brought directly to and from the diverse people that make up Massachusetts and New England. The market's permanent, indoor location on the Greenway directly above the Haymarket MBTA station is slated to open next year. The Boston Public Market currently runs two seasonal farmers markets each year along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, featuring over 30 local producers.

Cookbook Author Series: Andy Husbands (9/11/14)

Come meet local restauranteur and cookbook author Andy Husbands at the Dewey Square Market on Thursday, September 11th from 12 - 1:30pm.

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Cookbook Author Series: Julia Shanks (9/9/14)

Come meet local author Julia Shanks at the Dewey Square Market on Tuesday, September 9th from 12 -1:30!

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