In Brief

Using Image and Story to Build a Healthier and More Equitable Food System in Everett

Everett-based food justice organization Everett Community Growers (ECG) is convening a small group of Everett residents to share their experience of the City’s local food environment through a camera lens. Participants are taking to the streets as community photojournalists, and capturing images that tell stories about issues in Everett’s food system, and features that make it great. They’re doing this to identify ways to improve health and racial equity in Everett’s food system. With their cameras, they will look into issues related to food insecurity; urban agriculture and community gardens; food workers and businesses; school food; and cultural diversity.

This project uses the PhotoVoice approach, which employs photography as a way to inform positive changes in the community. With their photos arranged around them, the group will reconvene in March to discuss what positive changes could address some of the issues they uncover.

The project will culminate with an outdoor photo exhibit at the Northern Strand Community Farm and Trail in late spring. The community will be invited to view the photos and stories, and join the conversation about making improvements to Everett’s food system.

Those interested in taking photos of their own can enter into the Everett Food Culture Photo Contest. The photo contest will run parallel to the PhotoVoice project, and will ask participants to take photos that celebrate food in Everett. One winning photo will be chosen to be displayed at the outdoor photo exhibit in late spring. Photo submissions can be made through March 30, 2018. For more information and to participate in the Everett Food Culture Photo Contest please visit: http://www.Facebook.com/everettfood.

Youth Public Safety Academy

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced applications are now available for youngsters wishing to participate in the 2018 Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA).

In its 19th year, YPSA is a safe and educational, low-cost summer camp option for Middlesex County families. The camp is open to children ages 8-12 and is held at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Training Academy in Chelmsford.

YPSA is comprised of six, one-week camps beginning on July 9. Transportation to and from designated bus stops, as well as lunch are provided daily, with a graduation ceremony held each Friday in Chelmsford. Participants are not required to reside in one of the communities with a designated bus stop, but will be picked up and dropped off at those locations.

To learn more about the YPSA program and fill out an online application, please visit www. middlesexsheriff.org/ypsa.

Shute Library Opening on Sundays

The Board of Trustees of the Everett Public: Libraries has announced that the Shute Memorial Library is now open on Sundays from 3:30 -7 PM on a trial basis.

The Shute Library is located at 781 Broadway. For questions please call 617- 394-2308.

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