Baltimore Free Farm is committed to creating ecologically sound alternatives by combining the best of age-old and modern technologies. We strive to promote urban agriculture, sustainability, and permaculture through the creation of green spaces and community sanctuaries which utilize reclaimed materials whenever possible. By providing entertainment, educational opportunities, and ethically produced food to local residents, we hope to instill a sense of pride in one’s community and its ability to sustain itself.
How we operate…
Baltimore Free Farm is a horizontally organized collective, which means that all of our decisions are made as a group, and no one person is considered a “boss.” All members are given a voice in our decision making process. In order to make a decision, BFF must reach a consensus from all organizing committee members. This means that every organizing committee member agrees with the decision being made and does not wish to block it from going through. Operating in this way is our attempt to abolish hierarchy within the collective by ensuring that no one person may decide how this project will move forward without the consent of every collective member.
The Ash Street Garden
The Ash Street Garden is our community garden located at 3511 Ash Street in Hampden. This was the first project of Baltimore Free Farm. We began in January 2010 with an Adopt-A-Lot lease from the City of Baltimore and proceeded to clear three overgrown lots of weeds, brambles, dead trees, yard and construction waste that had been dumped there. Soil testing showed a relatively low level of lead in the ground, so after extensive landscaping to the hillside and amendment to the soil, we planted our first crop that spring. Since that first year we have turned the garden over to the community, and plots are available on a seasonal basis for a sliding scale fee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in a plot.
Other garden spaces
Since starting the Ash St. Garden, Baltimore Free Farm has acquired more gardening space in the direct vicinity. We’ve built a greenhouse, a pepper patch, a spiral herb garden, a large compost bin, a tool shed, and a chicken coop. There is also space dedicated to growing a collective garden, where we grow food as a team for our own personal use as well as to give away at our free food giveaways every Wednesday.
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, queer, and people-of-color run bike shop.
You can purchase hand made items HERE
We offer silk screened items (such as patches, shirts, and hoodies) as well as hand made crafts! We also have zines and stickers!
Thank you for your support!
To get in touch with us, please click on the Contact Us link at the top of this site.