Walker Marsh, a native of Baltimore Maryland, attended Milford Mill High School and went to Virginia State University to study engineering. Returning to Baltimore in 2008 he spent time working different jobs that ranged from being a lifeguard to being a paralegal assistant and eventually working at Civic Works as an Americorps volunteer. Working at Civic Works Real Food Farm Walker was introduced to farming and he instantly fell in love with it. With a passion to own his own business he was able to enter into the 2014 Growing Green Design Competition which was a city wide design competition to turn vacant lots into green spaces. So Walker presented the idea of creating a for profit urban flower farm to the competition, was awarded $63,000 and Tha Flower Factory was born.
After being a winner of The Growing Green Design Competition in 2014 walker spent the entire year of 2015 getting all the necessary permits from Baltimore City. Here in 2016 is the farm's first growing season and now the opening of the farm! With this being Walker's first farm there were many oversights that were unseen in the beginning that he is now realizing are becoming bigger and bigger issues. And that is why we are here now! We are looking to rise $10,000 for the farm to get:
Tools and Supplies
We would greatly appreciate any amount of donating to go towards those items and we pledge to keep your donated money in the Baltimore area to help support other small businesses.
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Lets Grow Together!
Risks and challenges
There are many obstacles to creating an urban farm, some unseen and some you can spot a mile away. Tha Flower Factory is no exception to that with many challenges faced and many more to come.
You would think this would be a no-brainer but without a vehicle to delivery the flowers it makes it difficult to get the business off the ground. As well as bringing materials to and from the farm. A farm isn't a farm without a farm truck.
This was a challenge that was unseen at the beginning of TFF. It took over a year to get all the necessary permits and approvals from various departments in Baltimore City.
Now we know that this doesn't seem like it could be an issue but just imagine having to water hundreds of plants on a hot summer day. It takes almost 2 hours!
The location of the farm is one of its stand out points but also is a big issue for us. Now we know farming is not an easy job but it doesnt make it easier when you have no place on site to get relief from the summer sun.
The Right Tool For The Job
This can turn a simple job into brain surgery. Having the right tool for the job makes all the difference and when you dont have tools well thats a huge challenge. For example hand weeding vs using a scuffle hoe one takes days the other minutes!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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