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! Recently our hillside has been renovated in en effort to minimize erosion of the hill, come and visit our new sustainable design.
Plots are available on a seasonal basis for a sliding scale fee. Interested in renting a plot? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart and Soil Sanctuary
Acquired in 2013 after a lengthy campaign to raise support and awareness to keep the land we had been maintaining in our hands, we were auspiciously sold the land. The lot is now managed by a guild of folks called Heart and Soil with a reverence for nature and who seek to revisit the lost knowledge of plant medicine. Follow them on Facebook or email: email@example.com
Our 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 funds that keep the project going, and to share surplus with volunteers or at our food rescue day. We’ve also built a greenhouse, a 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 community use, but it is also where we work on creating our screen printed items, canned goods and handmade crafts. Free Rescue Day on Wednesday and Food Not Bombs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday occur either inside or directly in front of this space. If you’re interested in renting the space for your workshop, party, meeting or event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our booking page.
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. Visit Food Rescue Baltimore for information on additional giveaways throughout the city.
Silk Screen Studio
The Brendan Foster Fieldhouse silk screen studio was created in memory of a BFF member who past away some time ago. The model we use was created to make the space accessible to all at sliding scale prices. You can view out membership agreement here.
The Brendan Foster Fieldhouse Print Shop provides the community with public access to affordable silk screening equipment, training and services. The Print Shop aims to increase awareness, appreciation, and exposure of print media and contemporary printmaking in Baltimore City. The Print Shop Strives to help independent artists and activists through screen printing and to provide adult education, youth education, and outreach to communities with low-access to arts education.
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