Black Yield Institute, the stewards of Farm Alliance member farm Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden, asked us to share this urgent message. The public housing authority, on whose land the farm sits, may not be aware of what an important asset this farm is to the community. We need to let them know now! Farm Alliance members and staff will be present at the July 3 rally, and there is a petition linked below where you can sign to show your support!
Land insecurity is real! In the midst of a global pandemic, Black people are already having a difficult time accessing fresh, healthy produce. Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden, a farm in the Cherry Hill community stewarded by Black Yield Institute (BYI), is being actively threatened with closure by the landowner, Housing Authority of Baltimore City. There are pending circumstances resulting in the land being taken away from the community. Removing a proven community asset doesn’t make any sense, right?
BYI has made a significant impact on this land since 2018 by growing food, educating, and serving the community around food, culture, and community. We have also worked tirelessly during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, partnering with other community organizations with mutual aid efforts during the community crisis where limited food was available.
We’ve made a promise to provide healthy and affordable food to our community and we will not break that promise! In order to do so we, are asking you to move to action:
Sign and share our petition
Attend THE GRAND HARVEST rally
Post our SOLIDARITY GRAPHIC using the hashtag #Veggies2Vacant