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Baltimore Grows Vegetables At City Hall To Feed Those In Need

Gray Hurlburt :: Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 1:15 pm

Baltimore has the right idea on how to care for its hungry citizens. Using the large gardens at city hall, master gardeners and volunteers have uprooted decorative flowers and replaced them with a variety of nutritious vegetables: lettuce, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, et cetera. The harvests are delivered to Our Daily Bread, a soup kitchen that feeds around 500 people of the capital each day, and last year over 1,000 lbs. of grown goods from city hall were served to patrons. This year marks the second season of the community service program, with plants growing more robustly this spring than before, and goes to show just how popular the urban farming movement has become in American cities.

Speaking for Brooklyn, the trend of using and reclaiming arable land has swelled in recent years. We’ve been growing our own vegetables at my apartment for the past two years, and there’s a veritable pleasure in eating well by the plants you tender. Rooftops have been turned into nurseries, and restaurants often offer menu items made from foods grown on premise. Detroit is another city that has a great urban farming program, where decrepit lots have been plowed into farms in wake of the housing crisis.

Baltimore’s city hall farm presents a couple of positive of  lessons to city residents: how to cultivate a balance of edible plants at different seasons, and how important the vegetable segment is to our diet.


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