Our Black Butterfly Academy Trainees Are In the Zone!
Our 2021 cohort of ten trainees have been in class for about a month, and they're crushing it! At the top of this newsletter, you can see them transplanting Baltimore's Fish Pepper plants in preparation for planting in the ground. And here you can see them in the classroom engaging with readings and lectures from a variety of sources, including Farmer Leah Penniman's Farming While Black
, J.M. Fortier's Market Gardener,
and the University of California Santa Cruz's Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening
Taught by Deputy Director Denzel Mitchell, this program will take students through four elements in their training year -- classroom lessons, hands-on field days, a formal mentorship with a mentor farmer, and planting & tending the crops at our soon-to-be-launched teaching farm.
Hear Denzel Mitchell
on WYPR's On the Record with Sheilah Kast discussing the program!
The BBUFA training program is funded by a 2-year grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program of the USDA. More details on the brand-new program can be found here
Introducing Farm Alliance Team Members Andy and Elly!
We've been pleased to welcome two new team members to the Farm Alliance this past month: Andy Szentendrei (he/him) and Elly Ren (she/they). Read on to learn about them!
Andy Szentendrei is a recent transplant to Baltimore from Vermont where he worked on an organic farm for 7 years specializing in high tunnel production. He is the new Production Assistant at the Farm Alliance of Baltimore.
Elly Ren joins the Farm Alliance of Baltimore through the Community Impact Internship Program at Johns Hopkins University where she is studying Environmental Science and International Studies. At Hopkins, she has been involved with campus and city-wide food and environmental justice efforts and the Blue Jays Perch community garden. She is passionate about addressing food apartheid and excited to support and engage with Baltimore's urban agriculture movement. In her free time, she likes to forage for wild plants and try new vegan dishes.
Weed, Water, Harvest, Repeat!
June is one of the busiest times of the year in our urban farm network! As our member farms and gardens grow their crops, we at the Farm Alliance are busy serving them with a variety of programs, including our Double Dollars program which doubles the SNAP, WIC and other food benefit purchases at the farm stands. We also provide crop seedlings that are ready to go into the ground, which is an essential service for farms that have had to scramble for enough hands to work the land in the pandemic. We wrapped up the Black Farmers' Resilience Fund this month, with 21 farmers receiving direct assistance payments of more than $2000 each, thanks to our amazingly generous individual donors. We're still providing soil tests to any farm in our network that needs one, thanks to a generous grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation. As part of our Black Butterfly Urban Farm Academy program, we're compensating farmers for hosting field days to teach topics such as irrigation, beekeeping, and composting, as well as visiting farms outside the city as part of an exciting new partnership with Future Harvest/CASA!
Searching for farm fresh produce in the city? Want a glimpse of goings-on at the member farms of the Farm Alliance? Want to meet your local neighborhood farmer? Here are your opportunities!
Farm Alliance Farms and Gardens Have Summer Farmstands!
The Plantation: Park Heights Urban Farm – Druid Hill Farmers Market
June through October | 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: 3100 Swann Dr, Baltimore, Maryland 21217
Real Food Farm - Govans
June-September | 3:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Govans Market 5104 York Rd
Strength To Love 2 – Sandtown-Winchester
Starting May 22 | Every other Friday | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Strength To Love 2 Farm, 1855 Kavanaugh Street
Whitelock Community Farm – Reservoir Hill
May thorough November | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Whitelock Community Farm 930 Whitelock Street
Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden – Cherry Hill
March through November | Every 1st & 2nd Saturday | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 646 Cherry Hill Road
Farm Alliance of Baltimore has a new home! As we've grown over the past two years, it's become clear that we needed a dedicated office with access to classroom space, kitchen, and enough space to accommodate our growing staff (!). The exciting news is that we've found our home at 2801 Sisson St., right at the off-ramp of the 28th Street bridge over I-83. Please add our new mailing address to your contact lists!
Farm Alliance of Baltimore
2801 Sisson St., Suite 202
Baltimore MD 21211
See you in Remington this summer!
Every Week Now At Waverly Farmers' Market
Please check our Farm Alliance of Baltimore Facebook page for additional dates and details about community cooking demonstrations and other events. Addresses of all our member farms can be found on our website.
We're back to our spring-summer-fall every Saturday schedule of selling our farms' products at the 32nd St. Farmers Market in Waverly! Come on down from 7am to noon to grab your farm goodies and say hello to the amazing farmers and Farm Alliance staff who run the stand! And don't forget to wear your mask --they're still required at the market!
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!
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We've moved! The Farm Alliance's new home is 2801 Sisson St., Suite 202, Baltimore MD 21211. Make an appointment to come and see us!