Preserving the Environment

One in Five Baltimore Residents Lives in a Food Desert. These Neighbors Are Growing Their Own Produce

July 16, 2014
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One in Five Baltimore Residents Lives in a Food Desert. These Neighbors Are Growing Their Own Produce
Brian Johnson is one of dozens of volunteers at Boone St. Farm in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood. Jacob Templin
Cheryl Carmona opened Boone St. Farm on two vacant plots in the impoverished East Baltimore Midway neighborhood. Thanks to local volunteers, the farm provides a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables for local residents.

Boone St. Farm operates on two vacant plots in the center of East Baltimore Midway, one of dozens of neighborhoods in Baltimore identified as “food deserts.” Cheryl Carmona adopted the land in 2010 with two goals — that it serves as an urban farm that grows and provides fresh produce for its neighbors, and as a community garden where residents can learn about growing their own food.

Dozens of neighbors have pitched in and, four years later, Boone St. Farm has grown thousands of pounds of affordable produce. Residents on food stamps pay only $5-10 a bag. The community plots are used for gardening workshops and offer classes in nutrition to students at the nearby public school. As Boone St. Farm enters its fourth season, Carmona plans to include local cleanup initiatives and other projects aimed at making the farm an essential part of the neighborhood. 

 

 

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