Our garden made it! Through it all. 90% of the garden looks great, but several of the plots that were abandoned need to be pulled out. Lets organize a group to remove the dead or unmanaged plots. Everyday about 10 different community members are coming through the garden and scouting it out. They walk through, look around, grab a few veggies, and roll out. I think that is so cool! The few messed up plots should be gutted, raked out, and possibly mulched. Maybe we can use our new chipper/mulcher to turn some of our debris into mulch for these beds? I will be out of town at Burning Man this week so as much as I want to be their i’ve got some fact-finding to do out in the dessert with Allison. I think Miriam Avis is planning on bringing a group of out-of-town urban gardeners through the Ash Street Garden on the 31st of August in the morning. Would be good that these visitors have a positive experience. Have fun everyone! -Billy
Archive for August 2010
Did we decide on a time for tomorrows meeting? I don”t start class until Tuesday.
I got an email from them today: they like our project, and we’re in! They had some suggestions for us, and they definitely want a video. After our discussion last night, I’m sure we can make one that will blow them away! Also, they had some ideas about our “rewards”. Check out his blog link they sent me and start brainstorming. BTW, they also said that we don’t have a set date to start the fundraiser, so we can take our time and do it right!
I submitted our proposal to Kickstarter today, this being the content. They should get back to me soon. At this week’s meeting we will discuss what our next steps need to be to make this fundraiser a success!
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Donald Wayne Barton III on Sunday Aug 15, 3:59pm EDT
The Baltimore Free Farm (BFF) is a program of Fusion Partnerships Inc. Our mission statement is to promote sustainable food and energy programs in Baltimore City. We began January 3rd of this year and our flagship project has been the Ash Street Community Garden. We transformed several abandoned, trashed lots into a fully functional community based garden, which also serves as a model and classroom for others that care about sustainability issues. We have acquired a warehouse near the garden as well. This space we intend to use as a place to organize and store donations and materials, work on projects for the garden, allow local artists to work on their projects, hold musical events to bring people to the garden and get the word out, provide a meeting space for like minded organizations to plan, as well as a community center, where people can come and learn about Organic Gardening, food issues, landscaping, urban composting and bio-remediation, rainwater collection and more!
The warehouse is in need of repairs however, and we need funding soon to get the project off the ground. We also need funds to set up our office and install a security system, and other projects.
Until now, we have done most of our own fundraising, including bakesales and lemonaid sales, flea markets, food sales and benefit shows, such as the recurring “Strange Folks” accoustic concerts,held right in the Garden! Now we need help to grow and really make a difference in Baltimore!
$10+ We will thank you publicly on our website!
$25+ As above, and a hand silk-screened BFF patch!
$40+ As above, and a BFF bumper sticker!
$100+ As above, and a BFF T-Shirt!
$150+ As above, and a copy of the”Strange Folks” cd, a collection of Folk artists in Baltimore, performed live at Ash St. Garden!
$200+ As above, and we will place a Contributer’s Plaque at the Ash Street Garden!
$300 + As above and a private local folk performance and dinner at the Garden!
We already have some of this merchandise, and are in process of making more. More Ideas for rewards are being worked on as well.
www.ashstreet.org is our website. It includes newsletters, photo documentation of the Garden, links to our blog, media write-ups about us, and a Youtube video of “The Homeless People” performing at the “Strange Folks” accoustic show, hosted at the garden.
We are in the process of making the video we wish to display on Kickstarter, and it should be finished soon.
Matt Kelley wrote an article about our last Strange Folks show in What Weekly Magazine. Check it out.
The composting workshop that Parks & People was planning to host at our garden this evening is being moved to their building due to the possibility of rain today. They’re in the Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 010. For more information contact Parks & People: 410-448-5663 x128, email@example.com
Halloween will be upon us before we know it. Let’s start compiling ideas we’d like to see executed at the PigPen.
For starters, here are some cocktail suggestions:
Jolly be, Baltimorons! Baltimore Free Farm’s second Strange Folx event was another rousing success. Both the day show at Ash Street Garden and the inaugural night show at Pigpen went off beautifully, and we at BFF would like to thank everyone who attended, donated, and generally made us all have an awesome time.
Pictures and possibly audio/video to follow in this post later tonight! Stay tuned…