Community Gardens: Boosting Local Harvest

Community Gardens: Boosting Local Harvest

Kimber Watson
Jun 4, 2009

Perhaps you remember this post about a vegetable garden for Baltimore's City Hall? Even though there were many naysayers out there, we're pleased to report that the first crops were recently harvested and donated to a local meal program. Well it seems this might be just the beginning for the city — the Mid-Atlantic Green Mission Specialist for Whole Foods Market is launching a side project with its sight set on Baltimore...

Community Garden Located in Fell's Point

Mark Smallwood says one of his duties is making sure the grocer stocks local food. It tends to be mostly from commercial farms, but his latest plan hopes to have products coming from the city's community gardens. He is currently negotiating with the city to find a site where he can have a few plots for gardens, as well as hold classes to educate residents on growing, cooking, preserving and selling fruits and vegetables. Baltimore currently has 93 community gardens on record, along with organizations dedicated to assisting in the acquisition of them, as well as protecting them from developers. And Smallwood, a Baltimore city resident himself, certainly practices what he preaches. He has an organic farm that boasts many raised vegetable beds, a greenhouse, compost pile, rain barrel, beehive, and even a few egg laying chickens! Check out more details for Smallwood's "City Fresh" garden plan here.

(Images: 1: Patrick Smith via Baltimore Sun, 2: Jed Kirschbaum via Baltimore Sun)

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