The Farm Alliance of Baltimore, whose seeds were first sown in 2011, supports farms in formerly vacant lots in Baltimore City. These farms and gardens now make additive-free fruits and vegetables available in areas where access to fresh, healthy produce is limited.
This first-time Circle grantee sees its role as supporting urban farmers and gardeners through training, education and ongoing support, helping them build confidence in their abilities and gaining independence. In turn, these farmers and gardeners help stabilize and build the communities where they are located as well as support the health and well-being of the neighborhoods and their residents.
The Alliance counts 16 farms and 10 gardeners as well as 80 members who participate in farming activities. The farms and gardens are in central Baltimore – from Cherry Hill to Clifton Park to Reservoir Hill. The Alliance participates in the SNAP/EBT matching dollar program and has a stand at the 32nd Street/Waverly Market on Saturdays. Its outreach includes providing seedlings, soil testing, training and workshops. Its community cooking demonstrations, with healthy cooking instructions using Alliance farm produce, focus on women growers and home cooks, positioning them to be their neighborhoods’ mainstays for greater food security and healthy food choices. These programs have attracted nearly 500 participants per year.