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First Day Breaking Ground: Boone St. Urban Farm in Baltimore

My friend Cheryl and I have been gardening in small separate plots in Baltimore City for the past few years. This year, we have adopted two large vacant lots- about a quarter of an acre - and are planning an urban farm and community garden. (That's me in the black, red, and gold t-shirt.)

 

So far it's been a lot of work writing grants, figuring out how to acquire huge amounts of compost and water, getting tools, and starting seedlings. We did just get our first grant- $1000! Woohoo! Now we can afford lumber for the raised beds in the community garden, hoses, more tools, etc.

 

Building a relationship with the community (where we also live) has meant going to the monthly Greater Greenmount Community Association meetings each month. The support of the neighbors has really meant a lot! Everyone's excitement is so inspiring, it makes doing all of the organizing, legwork, and physical labor worth it.

 

This past Saturday we measured the first row and covered it in compost, made a semi-circular edible perennial bed with sorrel and mountain mint, and picked up a lot of trash.

 

While I pickaxed, Cheryl hosted a seedling workshop to plant cucumbers, melons, tomatoes and other seedlings for the community garden:

 

A full blog post and link to the Greater Greenmount Community Association website are here.

 

We just found out that a trucking company is willing to donate a dump truck and driver... now all we need is a source for a dump truck sized load of compost!

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Comment by Cornelia on March 24, 2011 at 5:09pm
Wow, Aliza! So this is what you've been up to :) What an exciting project to involve the community. And the rewards will really come at harvest time. Looking forward to following the story - thanks for sharing!

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