The Baltimore Free Farm (BFF) is a program of Fusion Partnerships Inc. Our mission statement is to promote sustainable food and energy programs in Baltimore City. We began January 3rd of this year and our flagship project has been the Ash Street Community Garden. We transformed several abandoned, trashed lots into a fully functional community based garden, which also serves as a model and classroom for others that care about sustainability issues.
We have acquired a warehouse near the garden as well. This space we intend to use as a place to organize and store donations and materials, work on projects for the garden, allow local artists to work on their projects, hold musical events to bring people to the garden and get the word out, provide a meeting space for like minded organizations to plan, as well as a place where people can come and learn about Organic Gardening, food issues, bicycle repair, landscaping, urban composting and bio-remediation, alternative energy systems, rainwater collection, community organizing, and more!
The warehouse is in need of repairs however, and we need funding soon to get the project off the ground. Roof repair, painting, both inside and out, plumbing, and electrical work are all needed. We also need funds to set up our office and install a security system, and build infrastructure
Until now, we have done all of our own fund raising, including bake sales and lemonade sales, flea markets, food sales and benefit shows, such as the recurring “Strange Folks” acoustic concerts, held right in the Garden! Now we need help to grow and really make a difference in Baltimore!
Current BFF projects include:
The Ash Street Community Garden
After cleaning and terracing several abandoned lots in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore City, we were able to construct a fully-functional community garden. Here, community members can learn to grow their own food, and do just that in their own private plots.
By salvaging parts, building and repairing bikes, and teaching others these skills we hope to increase the use of carbon free modes of transportation.
Recording, Media, and Screen-Printing
We intend to spread our message of sustainability through forms of media that are inexpensive, independent, inspiring, and thought-provoking.
A series of musical concerts held at the garden have helped not only to publicize our project, but to bring the community together through music, as well as help local artists to get their own word out!
Beekeeping, thanks to Baltimore Honey!
Composting is important as it amends the soil organically, reduces harmful runoff from chemical fertilizers, and reduces organic food waste from going to landfills. Container composting is important in the city deters rats and other animals!
Projects coming soon!
Drip Irrigation, thanks to a grant from Parks and People Foundation!
And (Hopefully) Warehouse repairs!
Future Projects to include:
Bio-diesel production, Rooftop Gardening, Small-scale Alternative Energy, Aquaponics Systems, Greywater recycling system, and much more!
The Baltimore Free Farm is a completely volunteer organization! If you are interested in volunteering for a project, attending an event or workshop, claiming a garden plot for next season, or just want to stop by for a visit, email us at email@example.com!
Remember, all donations to the Baltimore Free Farm are Tax-Deductible!
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