ABOVE: Farmer Myeasha Taylor at Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden.
Welcome New Farm Alliance Staff!
End of summer at the Farm Alliance means shifting into high gear for fall planting and harvesting. Arriving to help our member farms manage the market program, the Double Dollars program, and all the other important work we do with farm and garden members is our new Program Coordinator, Alison Worman (she/her)! Please join us in giving Alison a very warm welcome when you see her at the Waverly market.
Alison Worman grew up tending a small backyard garden in the city of Milwaukee. Shortly after moving to Baltimore in 2008, she was introduced to the city's food landscape through working at Whitelock Community Farm. Her experience managing Whitelock from 2014-2018 was instrumental in building her commitment to supporting urban agriculture through advocacy and collaboration. She is thrilled to continue to work among an amazing network in her role as Program Coordinator.
We are also excited to introduce our new fellow from Repair the World Baltimore, a Jewish service organization -- Zohar Berman (they/them)!
Zohar Berman is a fellow at Repair the World Baltimore, a Jewish service organization that mobilizes communities to achieve justice through direct service. They work to connect volunteers with member farms and gardens so they have the people power they need for all of their projects. Zohar is passionate about community care and addressing food apartheid, and is looking forward to getting to know Farm Alliance members and the communities they serve.
A Virtual Teach-In On Community Control of Land
We are pleased to invite you to the next installment of our community conversation series on Community Control of Land! We will have guest speakers from Oakland, CA, Detroit, MI and Philly, plus several other cities to talk about how Black communities in their cities are using grassroots power and the policy process to take back land for food sovereignty. Join us!
You do NOT have to RSVP for this event. We will send out the link to join the teach-in a day before the event.
The first 100 attendees will be able to access the event via Zoom, after that it will be live-streamed on Facebook and Youtube.
We are serious about soil health-and so are our members!
Through a generous grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, this year we have been able to provide soil testing for many of our member farms, and now one of our own farmer members with a soil science degree is coming through to help out and provide one-on-one coaching for farms on how to build the healthiest soils possible on their land. Thanks to Dana and supporters like you, we also are able to provide actual cover crop seeds and how-to workshops on cover cropping to farms in our network. Finally, through a new partnership with the amazing Marvin Hayes of Baltimore Compost Collective, this fall, many of our member farms will be receiving composting workshops tailored to their individual site's needs. We may be living through a deadly pandemic, but urban farmers remain committed to building healthy soils and preventing runoff and soil erosion in Baltimore City! We are inspired and grateful that so many of our farm and garden members are participating in this new program.
Community Cooking Demonstrations are Happening--on farms!
Our wonderful community partner, Chef Crystal Forman of Holistic Wellness and Health, is back in the community with her mobile kitchen, delivering awesome cooking demonstrations with in-season produce from our member farms! Look for her at the following locations for the rest of October:
Saturday, October 10, noon at Whitelock Community Farm
Saturday, October 10, 4pm at Filbert Street Garden
Tuesday, October 13, 1pm at McCulloh Homes
Tuesday, October 13, 6pm at Lillian Jones Apartments
Monday, October 5, 5pm at Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm (repeats every Monday in October)
Thursday, October 22, 3pm at Monteverde Apartments
Tuesday, October 27, 3pm at Bon Secours
Wednesday, October 28, 3pm at Restoration Gardens
You can also tune in to see her previously recorded demonstrations!
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.
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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