Give One for Good Food® has worked closely with many members of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, such as Whitelock Community Farm. Under new management, the Farm Alliance of Baltimore is dedicated to growing a more accessible and just food system. Take a look at what they've accomplished in 2017!
"Our cooperative market stand at the 32nd Street Farmers’ Market in Waverly generated more than $15,000 in sales for our member farms. Over 3,000 people visited our member farms. We distributed many thousands of Double Dollars for federal food benefit recipients to use to buy additional healthy fresh produce from our urban farmers. During the winter, Farm Alliance member farms grew thousands of seedlings in our shared greenhouse in Clifton Park. The Farm Alliance also helped train new urban farmers as part of Future Harvest/CASA’s Beginner Farmer Training Program and through the Cultivate Baltimore workshop series; soon we will announce Cultivate Baltimore’s return in 2018!
Five core values that guide our work came to the surface in our strategic planning process. They are:
- Sustainable Agriculture: Farming practices that enhance environmental quality and the health and quality of life for farmers and communities
- Solidarity: Interconnectedness; our farms' fate is tied to that of Baltimore City residents
- Collective Power: Strength in numbers, collaborative approach to movement building, cooperation
- Equity: Shared power; fair and just control of and access to resources
- Education: Ongoing exchange of knowledge, experiential learning and farmer development; collective questioning and critical dialogue
As we support our urban farms, transform our food system, collect and analyze data, and advocate for policies that make it easier to grow food in our communities, we will seek to use systems and practices that are in keeping with these values.
What do we intend for 2018? We are expanding our Double Dollars program to include more nutrition and cooking demonstrations in the communities where our farms operate. We’re building infrastructure for the Farm Alliance market stand at 32nd Street market, too. the Farm Alliance will soon have its own market vehicle to transport produce from the farms to the market each Saturday. Finally, we are renewing our commitment to healthy soils and to healthy relationships in our communities. we will continue to help our member farms test for soil nutrients as well as toxic heavy metals. And we are taking steps to make sure our organization is a reliable partner in the movement for racial and economic justice in Baltimore's food system by hosting an anti-racism training for all Farm Alliance members, board and staff.