The concept of urban farming is something that continues to grow with each passing year, given the value it brings with regard to reduced costs and an expansion in options. In the city of Baltimore, another addition to the list of growing areas has been added, this one coming about because of the collective assistance of both farmers and volunteers.
The Real Food Farm is located in the Clifton Park area of the city, the northeast section of a community that has far too many food deserts that don’t offer fresh or healthy food to local residents. It’s been incrementally broadening its geographical imprint on the area over the past eight years.
On April 1, those farmers and volunteers built the eighth greenhouse for this area, one made with clear plastic and metal piping. This allows for year-round growing to take place, which wouldn’t ordinarily be possible due to the winter climate the area endures on a yearly basis.
Once the construction of that particular greenhouse is completed, both raspberries and blackberries will be grown. Fresh fruit, which offers numerous health benefits, often tends to be one of those scarce commodities in these types of deserts.
Simply constructing greenhouses takes money, something that was addressed through the philanthropic work of the Abell Foundation. They’ve provided the funds for Future Harvest CASA to organize such projects. The goal of the latter organization is to not only supply food to these deprived areas, but also offer tips and other education so that residents can seek to expand their knowledge of farming.
Some residents have done smaller-scale projects on their own land or been part of a more informal community garden effort. Depending on the size of the particular garden, their efforts have allowed them to cash in through the countless farmers markets.
Involving children is one of the goals of this continuing project, since many have grown up with no idea about the value of healthy eating. Much of their diet comes from either canned foods, or starch-laden items that results in health issues as they grow up.