Big news...The Farm Alliance is growing!
We are thrilled to welcome four new Baltimore farms into the Farm Alliance! May we introduce:
The Plantation at Park Heights
Bon Secours Community Works
Each of these farms has its own unique identity, management style, and crop plans. (Plus, GreatKids Farm has goats!) All have expressed a strong desire to make healthy, locally grown food accessible to everyone in Baltimore's communities, and to contribute to the work of the Farm Alliance. We hope you will have many opportunities to get to know them as they grow along with us!
Cooking with our farms' produce!
There's just so much news to share with you all. It's been a busy month here at the Farm Alliance. Through our partner company Holistic Wellness and Health, in March we are sponsoring over a dozen cooking and nutrition demonstrations in community centers, low-income housing complexes, senior living facilities, and on farms. We are pleased to be able to provide this outreach and education as part of our Double Dollars food benefit incentive program, underwritten by a generous grant from the Abell Foundation.
Training new urban farmers
Education is one of our core values, and we're setting forth to train the next class of farmers who want to grow food in Baltimore. In partnership with Future Harvest-CASA, Real Food Farm, and UMD-Extension, we're offering a series of training workshops roughly once a month from April-November.
Workshops are $10 per session or $60 for the whole series. Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of the workshops.
Session 1: April 11, 4-6 pm: Crop Planning & Transplant Production: Learn to grow your own transplants for your small farm and how to plan your crops year-round with Bryan Alexander of Good Dog Farm. Location: Real Food Farm, 2801 Saint Lo Drive Baltimore, MD 21213.
A big takeaway from 2017's strategic planning process was the need for the Farm Alliance to live its values by becoming an explicitly anti-oppression organization: that is, to adopt practices that will make our farms, board, and staff more accountable—and therefore more valuable as partners, growers, and coalition members-- to Baltimore’s underserved and under-resourced communities. Our members, board and staff just completed an anti-racism training led by Soyun Park, an experienced facilitator based in Washington, DC. We identified some new program priorities that will move us closer to living our values as an organization. Stay tuned for more news on these!
Want to do more?
We are proud to call you a supporter and friend of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore! As always, your feedback is welcome. Until April 1, we are at the 32nd Street Farmers' Market in Waverly every other Saturday -- some of our urban farmers already have fully grown leafy vegetables and salad greens! Bring some home to add a glow of spring and nutrition to your table. (We'll be there this weekend with new laminated photos from each of our participating farms.)
CSAs are now available at several of our member farms. Check our Facebook page for details and links to sign up!
Consider donating to the Farm Alliance! Your donation of $25, $50, $100 or even $500 will go a long way toward helping us build a just, sustainable and equitable local food system in Baltimore. We are so glad to have you in this movement with us! Click here to donate today!