Who are we?

Baltimore Free Farm is an egalitarian collective of gardeners and activists who aim to provide access to healthy food for all.

 

How we operate…

We believe that hierarchical systems of organizing are damaging to our lives, our minds and our relationships. In an egalitarian collective, we do our best to create an environment where everyone is valued equally. We value the input of all collective members and encourage honest discussion. Our decision making process is consensus-based and we allow the voices of all members to be heard.

 

The Ash Street Garden

The hillside of 3511 Ash St. was Baltimore Free Farm’s first project. In 2010, we cleaned up this lot and used salvaged rocks to create terraced garden beds. Today, this is our community garden space where you can rent space to grow your own vegetables! Plots are available on a seasonal basis for a sliding scale fee. Interested in renting a plot? Contact reagan@baltimorefreefarm.org

 

Baldwin Permaculture Garden

Acquired in 2013, this garden is an experiment in urban permaculture.

Permaculture is defined as:

“…a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” – Bill Mollison

Baldwin St. Garden is a work in progress! If you’re interested in helping us continue to work on our permaculture design, email us at collective@baltimorefreefarm.org

 

Other garden spaces

Baltimore Free Farm has a space dedicated to growing a collective garden, where we grow food as a team for our own personal use, to generate income, and to give away surplus at our food rescue day on Wednesdays (see below).  We’ve also built a greenhouse, a pepper patch, a large compost bin, a tool shed, and a chicken coop.

 

3510 Ash St.

The warehouse located at 3510 Ash St. is where we do much of our organizing. This space is where we hold all kinds of events and workshops for the local community, but it is also where we work on creating our screen printed items, hot sauce, canned goods and handmade crafts. Free Food Wednesday occurs either inside or directly in front of this space. In addition, we rent a portion of the warehouse out to Bearings Bike Project, a women, transgender, and queer run bike shop.

 

Food Rescue Day

Every Wednesday members of Baltimore Free Farm go to various produce distributors and grocers to rescue distressed goods <items too ripe to sell or on or just past their expiration date>. We drive the 300-500 lbs of produce, dry goods, and bread 30 miles back to Baltimore Free Farm for redistribution into the community. This is a direct action against the endemic food waste crisis that faces our society, which pushes 40% of food produced into landfills to rot with the plastics and other non-compostable goods while millions around the world starve. By simply giving perfectly edible food to people who will eat it, Food Rescue Day is the physical manifestation of a conversation about food waste on a local level. Your donations and ideas are generously welcomed. Food is given away at 12pm every Wednesday, please bring your own bag.

 

Thank you for your support!
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