Moving into May

Dear Sprout Readers,

Marathon Monday 2013 did not end the way it was supposed to. Beginning at 2:50 p.m., scenes of horror mixed with heroism filled our TV screens, invaded our Twitter feeds, and left us all dazed. Some students didn’t want to venture from home the next day to attend classes in the middle of a city that was still very much in shock. Walking past uniformed national guards at Tufts Medical Center to reach Jaharis or Sackler was a grim reminder that there were men, women, and children in grave condition, their lives changed forever.

Four days later, we were awakened at 6:20 a.m. by an automated message from Tufts informing us that the city’s transportation system had been shut down. Soon thereafter, we were asked to stay in our homes because authorities feared that the surviving suspect in the bombings might wreak more havoc in a desperate attempt to evade capture. Again, we sat glued to our news feeds, unable to focus on much else. It was well after dark when the suspect surrendered and, slowly, over the following days, our breathing returned to normal.

Lost in our shock and sadness was an opportunity to hear from our very own Friedman family who ran the marathon course that day after long, challenging months of preparation. Lainey Younkin chronicles their extraordinary efforts in a special piece, #BostonStrong, #TMTStrong.

Now, our thoughts turn to a few of the things we appreciate about spring in Boston. Gardening in a small, city space in your owen city space is rewarding, as is helping school children get their hands into some potting soil. Fresh local produce is on our minds: joining a CSA is a great option for many of us, but is there more we could be doing to improve access to fresh produce for all? We also feature a Friedman alum working in the Boston neighborhood of Boston, doing many of the very things we talk about in the classroom and aspire to do with the degrees we will earn at Friedman.

In closing, a warm congratulations and best wishes to Friedman’s graduating class and happy summer to all!

Your editors,

M.E. Malone & Natalie Obermeyer

Inside the May issue

Come and get it! Community supported deliciousness, by Amy Elvidge. Farm fresh food delivered to your doorstep by Mass farmers with a mission.  Learn about the different Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs that serve the Boston area and how you can sign up!

Alumni spotlight on Maura Beaufait, by Natalie Obermeyer: Find inspiration in Maura’s role as a community health specialist working on healthy food access in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Fresh produce: too precious for its own good? by M.E. Malone: Are fresh fruits and vegetables really too expensive for family budgets and is there something we can do about it?

Three ways to ‘beet’ the heat with this classic root vegetable, by Kate Hebel: A first encounter with beets at a Boston restaurant leads to a new love for this root vegetable — and the many ways to prepare it.

Home-grown produce, even in the city, by Sheryl Lynn Carvajal: You don’t need an acre of land to grow your own fruits and vegetables.  Learn just how easy it can be to be a gardener, even if you are a city-dweller.

Planting healthy seeds at the Qunicy School, by Mimi DelGizzi: Third graders get their hands dirty in a rooftop garden in the heart of Boston thanks to Friedman volunteers.

Flatbread: Local ingredients and community love, by Kari Kempf: A go-to spot when you’re craving a pizza topped with the freshest of veggies from a wood-fired, clay oven.

Heart disease: Could carnitine be the culprit? by Natalie Obermeyer:  Forget the saturated fat and cholesterol; what about the carnitine? A recent study suggests that this molecule found in red meat increases the risk of heart disease.

#BostonStrong, #TMTStrong, by Lainey Younkin: Tufts Marathon Team members fill us in on the ups and downs of training for a grueling 26.2 mile run.

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