Urban Farmers braved adverse weather conditions on Saturday, April 1st as they worked to raise the latest part of their community project.
The Real Food Farm in Northeast Baltimore was given a new “high tunnel” greenhouse, courtesy of around 20 volunteers.
Kevin Rector of The Baltimore Sun was on hand to document the event, where he reported that “the group’s goal is to turn the small plot of land in Clifton Park into prime urban real estate for growing blackberries and raspberries, which they hope to one day sell cheaply in surrounding neighborhoods that have long been considered food deserts.”
It joins the growing number of urban farming projects which are appearing across the world. Farm manager Bryan Alexander, 28, told the newspaper that the construct allows the urban farmers to fully utilise the space they have, delivering a greater and more expansive crop. “We call them season-extension tools,” he added. The greenhouse project was funded largely by the Abell Foundation and developed in partnership with Future Harvest CASA.
One of the volunteers was Floyd Godsey, 27, of West Baltimore, who works with #FixBaltimore said in an interview; “Eventually we hope to build a [greenhouse] system for ourselves. … So I wanted to get the training now. The people in these areas, they recognize” they are in food deserts. They see it, and they would like to see a change in their situation.”
The Real Food Farm has been in operation since 2009 and is located near several schools, setting a fine example for local students. It’s a project which brings together and inspires the local community too. They collected their first harvest in 2010 and haven’t looked back since.
“Food access is generally understood to describe the availability and accessibility of fresh food to maintain a healthy and nutritious lifestyle,” says the Farm’s mission statement, “At Real Food Farm, we strive to improve food access in Northeast Baltimore by focusing on three main concepts: pricing, proximity, and familiarity.”
We look forward to following up on their latest acquisition.
To find out more, visit the Real Food Farm website.