You're the world we wish to see.
As our hemisphere begins its tilt back toward the sun, we at the Farm Alliance want to express our gratitude to you, our supporters and friends, for joining us in 2018 as we worked to make local healthy food in Baltimore available for everyone. Thank you!
- Went through an anti-racism training with 38 of us--farmers, staff and board--facilitated by the excellent Soyun Park of Micro Business Network. We clarified what our core values mean for working with marginalized communities, and identified new programs and action steps for the next few years.
- Purchased and decorated a beautiful produce van with support from the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Charitable Funds. Now the Farm Alliance can bring our farms' produce to market!
- Expanded our reach! We welcomed four new members into the Farm Alliance for a grand total of 16 farms;
- To reduce the burden on member farms for staffing the Waverly Market stand, we hired a market coordinator, Lizzie--who we are thrilled to announce is now our full-time Program Coordinator!
- Volunteered and worked at the farms to make sure the crops grew, compost was turned, and weeds were pulled;
- Supported the farms with sales of over $22,000 of produce at our Waverly Market farm stand since May;
- Delivered 96 cooking and nutrition demonstrations reaching about 1000 people in community centers, low-income housing developments, and farms and churches all over the city;
- Hosted eight training workshops for around 25 beginning urban farmers;
- Supported the farms with matching funds from our Double Dollars grant from the Abell Foundation;
- Grew thousands of seedlings in our shared Farm Alliance greenhouse in Clifton Park;
- Became a more active partner in Baltimore's coalition for Black Land and Food Sovereignty;
- Provided financial aid for farmers to attend the Black Urban Growers (BUGS), NESAWG, and UMES Small Farms conferences;
- Helped to complete the Safe Urban Harvests research study on the safety of our urban soils and produce, with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
We couldn't have done it without your support! Knowing you are with us makes all the difference.
Now as the next year approaches, we invite you to reflect with us on the ways that locally farmed food and flowers touch your life. Does it make a difference to you to know your farmer? Do you think local healthy food should be for everyone? Do you want to see more peace and justice in our violent, broken food system? Do you believe urban farms are part of the solution? If you answered yes to these questions, please...
It is a rare thing for farmers to band together to work for a better future as a collective. The farmers came together because they know: it takes all of us to make the gardens grow. What will your contribution be?
Our wish list for 2019 includes: replacing sprinklers and other equipment for our shared greenhouse; books for our library; providing more scholarships for farmers to get trained and attend conferences; and building a fund for farms to buy or lease their land. Your donation will help us achieve these goals!
We are excited to begin the next season of growing together with you. Please join us in 2019 for even more opportunities to get involved. If you know someone who should be receiving this newsletter, please forward it along to them and encourage them to sign up. We will return in the new year with more recipes, more news of the farms, more events, more public appearances, and more for you to read and think about. Until then...
Wishing you the warmth of a new sun,
All of us at the Farm Alliance of Baltimore