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Photo: A Farm Alliance cooking and nutrition demonstration with Chef Crystal Forman of Holistic Wellness and Health.

 

Community makes urban farming work
Why are we sharing a photo of a quiet group of adults in an indoor room when we could be sharing the riotous color of arugula and gorgeous bunches of turnips and radishes? Because cooking and nutrition demonstrations by our partner Chef Crystal Forman of Holistic Wellness and Health are part of the beating heart of the Farm Alliance. We thought you needed to see what Chef Forman is doing in community centers and housing developments around Baltimore: connecting the dots for folks who are hungry for a way to make the local food movement work for them. Chef Forman offers these demonstrations at a few of our farms, now, as well. Check out our Facebook Page for upcoming dates and come on out! You just might learn a new way to handle all those radishes in your CSA box.

What crops are our farms growing?
Foods you are likely to find at our farms and at the Farm Alliance Waverly Market stand in early summer include: collard greens, kale, carrots, green beans, Swiss chard, beets, okra, wood sorrel, lettuce, chives, fennel, sorrel, turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, raspberries, blackberries, nasturtiums, zucchini, cucumbers, and mint. 

The Farm Alliance in the news
We are proud to toot our own horn and share two recent news pieces that mention the work of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, along with the excellent work of some of our sister organizations who are also working to end food apartheid in the city. The first is a terrific op-ed by city planner Brent Flickinger, the planner for Baltimore's Southwest District, about what he sees as the potential for urban farming to transform segregation and redlining into a self-sustaining source of nourishment for communities. The second piece is one for you to listen to: a fun segment on WYPR's Midday with Tom Hall about gardening and farming in the city with Denzel Mitchell, Farm Alliance boardmember and farm manager at Strength 2 Love 2 Farm. Finally, as you can see in the photo, we proudly share with you the news that Farm Alliance member The Greener Garden, and owner-operators Warren and Lavette Blue, have been awarded the Governor's Citation for their groundbreaking work in sustainable urban agriculture. Congratulations to the Blues on their well-deserved award!

Where to Find Our Farms
Now that the growing season is well under way, you can find your neighborhood farmer and say hello. Here is where you will find Farm Alliance member farms: 
32nd Street Waverly Farmers’ Market, Saturdays 7am-noon – Farm Alliance stand!

Farm Stands on location at the farm:
Whitelock Community Farm, Saturdays 10am-1pm through November 17th
Oliver Community Farm/Meraki Community Uplift: Fridays, 4pm-7pm
Other Farmers’ Markets Where Our Farms Sell: Druid Hill Farmers’ Market, Pigtown Farmers’ Market, Lauraville Farmers’ Market, Overlea Farmers’ Market.


Get into urban agriculture!
We have a very exciting Cultivate Baltimore workshop coming up July 12 from 6pm-8pm at Whitelock Community Farm. The theme will be Community Engaged Farming, where speakers will include Open Societies Institute Fellow Eric Jackson, Servant-Director of Black Yield Institute, as well as farmer Isabel Antreasian of Whitelock Community Farm, plus members of the Reservoir Hill community who will speak about what the farm means to them. Please join us! Cultivate Baltimore is co-sponsored by our partners at University of Maryland-Extension and Future Harvest/CASA.  There are so many ways to get involved in urban farming in Baltimore. Attend a nutrition and cooking demo, volunteer at one of our farms, attend a Cultivate Baltimore session, come out to a community event, or volunteer to help at the Farm Alliance! Many of our farms need volunteers this time of year. To volunteer on a Farm Alliance farm, please contact Executive Director Mariya Strauss at mariya@farmalliancebaltimore.org. See our Facebook page for up-to-date information on all of these and more events. See you on the farms!
 
Summer Recipe: Radish Salsa

This recipe comes to us from Chef Crystal Forman. 
 

Consider a donation to the Farm Alliance! Even just a few dollars will go directly to the programs that support the farms, as well as training new urban farmers, maintaining our cooperative greenhouse, and advocating for common-sense policies that support urban agriculture.

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