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The Baltimore Free Farm is growing! We are raising funds for repairs to our warehouse, to become a space for teaching others about sustainability!
126 backers pledged $10,700 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Hampden RE-Cycle
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.

Strange Folks!
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!

Container Composting
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!
Greenhouse!
Rainwater Collection!
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 thefreefarm@gmail.com!

Remember, all donations to the Baltimore Free Farm are Tax-Deductible!

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    All donations to the Baltimore Free Farm are tax-deductible through Fusion Partnerships!(501-c3)

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    Public Thanks on our website, ashstreetgarden.com!

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    Public Thanks on our website, a subscription to our newsletter, and your choice of a handmade Baltimore Free Farm cloth patch, or a gift package of dried basil, grown right in our garden! Basil is available while supplies last.

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    Public thanks on our website, a subscription to our newsletter, and your choice of a digital download of the Strange Folks Compilation CD, or have one of the artists from Strange Folks write a song just for you!

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    Public Thanks on our website, a subscription to our newsletter, choice from $50 section, and choice of a hand-made puppet made by BFF members, or a copy of the Strange Folks Compilation CD!

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    Public Thanks on our website, a subscription to our newsletter, choice from $50 section, and a plaque erected in the Garden with your name with any short message you want!

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    The Hamilton Crop Circle will donate one load of either compost, topsoil, manure or mulch delivered by A&M Environmental Services

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    Public Thanks on our website, a subscription to our newsletter, choice from $50 section, a plaque erected in the Garden with your name with any short message you want, and an invitation to our Banquet being held in February 2011, including a live performance of one of the Strange Folks artists! (travel expenses not included).

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    A&M environmental will donate a days use of a dump truck ! You also get a Free Farm T-shirt and choice from $50 section!

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    Public Thanks on our website, a subscription to our newsletter, choice from $50 section, a plaque erected in the Garden with your name and any short message you want, an invitation to our Banquet being held in February 2011 (travel expenses not included), and a Bicycle built by our own bike repair collective! We must ask that you pay shipping and handling for bikes.

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    Public Thanks on our website, a subscription to our newsletter, choice from $50 section, a plaque erected in the Garden with your name and any short message you want, an invitation to our Banquet being held in February 2011, and members of the BFF will host a workshop event at YOUR garden or project! Topics may include organic gardening, food issues, bicycle repair, landscaping, urban composting and bio-remediation, alternative energy systems, rainwater collection, community organizing, and more!
    Alternatively, BFF members can volunteer at your garden, helping you get ready for the next growing season!

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Funding period

- (90 days)