And just like that, it's summer
In the above photo, award-winning farmer Denzel Mitchell presides over his fields of kale at Strength 2 Love 2 Farm in Sandtown-Winchester. Strength 2 Love and our other member farms are hard at work in the high growing season now, harvesting vegetables and getting them out to the community via farmers markets, farmstands, pop-up markets, mobile market trucks and trikes, food donation programs, restaurants, and institutions. This is the time of year when our programs such as the Double Dollars matching grant for SNAP benefits used on the farms, our community cooking demonstrations with Holistic Wellness and Health, and our Farm Alliance stand at Waverly Farmers Market on Saturdays are in full swing. Our member farmers and our Program Coordinator Lizzie Crespi are proud to share that we now occupy a double spot at Waverly, with double the amount of produce to meet more of Baltimore residents' nutritional needs each week. We do accept SNAP and FMNP benefits at the market, too.
Farm products you may see this month at our market stand and community cooking demonstrations: Garlic scapes, zucchini, summer squash, arugula, lettuce, fennel, baby kale greens, snap peas, salad mixes, kale, collard greens, edible flowers, mint, cucumbers, beets, turnips radishes, mulberries and serviceberries. Samples are now available at the market stand! And you're in for a treat later this summer, as we will host some cooking demonstrations and Meet Your Farmer days at market, too. Don't miss a Saturday or you might miss the fun!
Shouting out our thanks
Special thanks to the Horticultural Society of Maryland, whose annual Tool Drive this year benefited the Farm Alliance, giving us a library of over 75 tools to share amongst the member farms! We are so thrilled to have this resource of shared tools to keep costs down during the growing season. And special thanks also to MOMs Organic Market, which recently made a generous corporate donation to the Farm Alliance as part of the Michele's Granola Give One for Good Food Program. Here is a link to that amazing corporate giving network if you or someone you know has a local business that would like to participate!
Meet our summer intern, Emma S.
The Farm Alliance of Baltimore is gracious in welcoming me as their intern for this summer. My name is Emma and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I am earning my certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. I discovered “The Alliance” when Executive Director Mariya Strauss, guest lectured on campus. After being knocked off my feet, I have happily completed my first two weeks interning for this pioneering non-profit.
At the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, I do a little bit of everything. I am eagerly learning all of the components of how a network of 17 urban farms operates. It is powerful to have a collective voice with uniform goals because it demonstrates that ideas, such as the idea that simple sustainable farming practices can aid in maintaining a proper food system, are widespread. While administration is crucial, “The Alliance” has given me the opportunity to do what I am truly passionate about: providing Baltimore City with fresh and affordable produce.
I am currently harvesting crops at Whitelock Community Farm. Every week I harvest something different. As an effect, every week I walk onto the farm with an open mind, ready to tackle whatever is thrown at me (literally and figuratively). At Whitelock, it is not uncommon to have members of the community stroll past, peeking their heads in to see what we are doing, even taking it so far as to come on to the farm themselves. Their excitement for healthy alternatives in their own neighborhood is contagious. It is the difference “The Farm Alliance” is making. It is why I am here, to contribute to the difference.
---Emma S., Intern, Farm Alliance of Baltimore
Learn with us
Our annual Cultivate Baltimore workshop series is humming along. Consider joining in for our next session on Community Engaged Farming at Filbert Street Garden at 6pm on July 26, with speakers from Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden and Filbert Street Garden. Cost is $10 per person, but scholarships are available. Get yours now as this session is likely to fill up quickly. Click here for tickets.
Our community cooking demonstrations given by Chef Crystal Forman of Holistic Wellness and Health are free and open to the public. Please come join us as Chef Crystal shows us how to prepare the produce from Farm Alliance member farms in delicious ways. Once a month, we are pairing these demos with a pop-up market stand so residents can also purchase the produce right there. Here is a list of our upcoming community cooking demos:
June 21st, Grace Baptist Church, noon-1pm, 3201 The Alameda, Baltimore.
June 25th, Lillian Jones Apartments, 6pm-7pm, 1303 Greenmount Ave.
June 27th, Monteverde Housing LP, 3pm-4pm, 2503 Violet Ave.
July 9th, City View at McCulloh Homes, 1pm-2pm, 501 Dolphin St.
Please check our Farm Alliance of Baltimore Facebook page for additional dates and details about each demonstration.
Thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters who feed us, compost with us, garden with us, donate books and artwork, and give generously of their energy and money to support our work. We are grateful and excited to be growing in our ninth year with you all! Happy Summer Solstice!
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If you would like to make a donation to the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, please use this link. And thank you!