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Saturday, November 9 • 8:30am - 9:45am
Scaling Down for Sustainable Neighborhoods: How Baltimore's tiny farms feed their neighbors using ancient technologies

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In an age of agricultural mergers and urban hyper-growth, the farmers of the 17 member farms of the Baltimore Farm Alliance are scaling down instead of up. Building healthy soils through time-tested methods, we steward acreage ranging from less than ⅛  acre to a maximum of 8 acres. We also resist the idea that our farms exist to entice developers. Coexisting with our neighborhoods, each farm has put down roots, developing individual strategies to get food into the hands of neighbors. Even as we all work for a just transition, we take diverse approaches to farming: panelists’ farms range from high-tunnel intensive, to food forest building, to open-field organic vegetable operations.


Rodette Jones

Garden Manager, Filbert Street Garden


Executive Director, Farm Alliance of Baltimore

Denzel Mitchell

farm manager, Strength To Love Farm
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Kimberly Raikes

Farm Manager, Whitelock Community Farm
First Intern for oldest Black owned farm, The Greener Garden Urban Farm. Former Black Church Food Security Network Garden Coordinator.  Weed Warrior and Tree Keeper for Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City.  2017 Achievements for the Down South Afro-ecology Encounter (Durham, North... Read More →

Saturday November 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am EST
Classroom 232