Funded! This project was successfully funded on November 26, 2011.

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Hi Backers,

We are off to a great start this season!  We started our market stand three weeks ago and are producing so much food we have excess to sell to some of our favorite institutions, such as Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore Montessori Public School, and Chameleon Cafe.

We are proud to say that the MICA college art students that have spend the entire spring semester working with us, enjoyed it so much that they are still coming to the farm at 8am on Fridays during their summer break to help harvest produce for our market stand!  Thank you MICA students!

Our farm has been in the press a whole bunch lately.  We've been in the Urbanite Magazine and on NPR not just once but twice! And next week we will be in the Baltimore City Paper. 

We've had lots of students from our neighborhood elementary school come out for a visit (see the photo below) and are currently doing a healthy food needs assessment of the neighborhood with the help of Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University.

Come by to visit if you're in the area.  Those of you with produce filled tote bags as gifts, don't forget to come get your produce!  If you missed the date you were planning on coming by, just drop me an email so I can set aside some produce for you.  

Happy spring!

Elisa

Photos:  Elementary students to the farm, MICA students harvesting spinach, and yummy radishes harvested today. 

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Update #2

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Hello Kickstarter Backers,

We wanted to write to thank you again and give you a spring update, as we’re already seeding, planting and getting ready for our second full season.

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Today we mailed out tote bags, baseball caps and stickers to the backers that send us their mailing address.  If you planned on receiving a tote bag or baseball cap but don’t get your package in a few days please email your mailing address to elisa.lane@gmail.com with “kickstarter backer” in the title. 

For those of you picking up your gifts at the farm with farm fresh produce sit tight; we will be in touch with you regarding pickup days in late April.

Farm Update

Since early February we have been starting tons of seedlings under grow lights in great anticipation of spring.  We are also currently building a seedling greenhouse and a new 60 foot hoop house to extend our growing season.  Check out our photos below.  With the help of the hoop house we will be able to transplant our tomato plants in the ground late this month and should be harvesting tomatoes by June!

Our first market stand will be April 21st to coincide with a celebration/tour at the farm to kickoff the season.  This year we will be able to accept food stamps. AND starting this summer we will be partnering with Linden Market, a neighborhood corner store, who will carry our produce throughout the week.  This is a huge accomplishment in our neighborhood as none of the corner stores current carry produce and have limited healthy options in general.  We are grateful that Linden Market is willing to work with us to increase access to healthy food and we will do our best to make this project successful.   This year we will also be offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares.  If you are interested please get in touch by March 15th.   

We are also working with Johns Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future on a healthy food needs assessment for the neighborhood.  This needs assessment will show us what the barriers are to healthy eating and will help us prioritize our initiatives to meet those needs.  We are also currently collecting recipes from our neighbors that utilize farm produce.  These recipes will be given out at our weekly farm stand so we never have to hear “Eggplant?!  I don’t know how to cook eggplant!”  again. 

Sincerely,

Elisa Lane

Farm Manager

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We did it! Thank you.

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We at Whitelock Community Farm are extremely moved by the generous support from you, our backers!  Thanks to you we have successfully raised over $10,000 to promote sustainable urban agriculture in Baltimore.  200 people donated to this campaign and really made a difference.  Thank you for your support of this project! 

We are finally winding down this season and putting the beds to sleep for the year.  It’s been an amazing adventure and I’m proud of all the work we’ve accomplished as neighbors in our first year of production. 

This year we harvested over 3,000 pounds of produce.  From late April to mid- November which we sold at our market stand at the farm twice a week.    The occasional leftover produce was donated to local soup kitchens. 

In October we had a Fall Harvest Festival where 20 participants entered their greens recipes for a Greens Cook-off.  We also had pumpkins for the kids, healthy cooking demonstrations and a fantastical clown show about eating healthy.  About 300 people from the community came out to partake in the festivities. 

We are now in the process of building a new 60 ft long hoop house so that our Spring seedlings can get a healthy jump-start on the season.  Our neighborhood elementary school is bringing their food waste to the farm once a week to add to our compost.  We look forward to expanding the neighborhood compost project to build healthy soil at the farm and cut down on landfill waste. 

We received a grant from Johns Hopkins University to purchase an EBT machine so that we can start accepting food stamps, start healthy cooking classes and buy refrigeration to sell our produce in our neighborhood corner stores.

As you can see we have a lot to look forward to in the 2012 season and this would not have been possible without your help.  We will keep you updated on our progress but now it’s time to hibernate.

Hope you have a peaceful holiday.

Sincerely,

Elisa, Farm Manager of Whitelock Community Farm

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