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What Is A CSA And How Do I Join

What is a CSA And How Do I Join?

Image Courtesy of One Straw Farm

What is a CSA?

From the USDA site:
As farming becomes more and more remote from the life of the average person, it becomes less and less able to provide us with clean, healthy, lifegiving food or a clean, healthy, lifegiving environment.  CSA  or Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm.  In return, members receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season.

How do I join?

From the MDA:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is encouraging citizens to consider joining a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm to support local farmers while receiving delicious, nutritious, fresh produce all summer long. CSA members pay an upfront subscription fee to farmers in return for a share of the season’s harvest, which is usually provided weekly.  For convenience, many CSAs deliver to central locations for pick up closer to subscriber’s home or work on a certain day of the week.

It may seem early, but CSA memberships typically fill up quickly. Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance says,  “This is the time of year to join a CSA and enjoy the fruits of local farms all summer.”

Recommended Baltimore City CSAs
(Click on the farms to get more information)

One Straw Farm (Organic)
Spoutwood Farm

Calvert Farm
Real Food Farm

Don’t live in Baltimore? -For a list of CSAs in your area, CLICK HERE.

Author Of FARM CITY To Speak At Enoch Pratt Library

Author Of Farm City To Speak At Enoch Pratt Library

From Baltimore Green Works:

Novella Carpenter comes to Baltimore, June 9, 2010!

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Main Branch, 7 p.m.

In this utterly enchanting book, food writer Carpenter chronicles with grace and generosity her experiences as an urban farmer. With her boyfriend BillÖs help, her squatter’s vegetable garden in one of the worst parts of the Bay Area evolved into further adventures in bee and poultry keeping in the desire for such staples as home-harvested honey, eggs and home-raised meat. The built-in difficulties also required dealing with the expected noise and mess as well as interference both human and animal. When one turkey survived to see, so to speak, its way to the Thanksgiving table, the success spurred Carpenter to rabbitry and a monthlong plan to eat from her own garden. Consistently drawing on her Idaho ranch roots and determined even in the face of bodily danger, her ambitions led to ownership and care of a brace of pigs straight out of E.B. White. She chronicles the animals’ slaughter with grace and sensitivity, their cooking and consumption with a gastronome’s passion, and elegantly folds in riches like urban farming history. Her way with narrative and details, like the oddly poetic names of chicken and watermelon breeds, gives her memoir an Annie Dillard lyricism, but it’s the juxtaposition of the farming life with inner-city grit that elevates it to the realm of the magical. (June)

This event is presented in partnership by:

Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore Green Works’ Sustainable Speaker Series

Update From The New Community Garden In Hampden

Update From The New Community Garden In Hampden

From the “Ash Street Garden” in Hampden:

Cleaning was the name of the game this week! With spring just around the corner, we’re clearing the last of the trash and debris from the properties and are negotiating a dumpster to be dropped off on Saturday the 6th. The dumpster will only be available until Monday morning so let’s fill it up fast! In addition, our seeds have been ordered and we’re preparing to start planting seedlings in the greenhouse as soon as possible.

In an effort to make our presence known, we’ve started the first phase of the “Ash Street Garden” mural. The text is finished and now we’re in need of more artists to help plan and execute the rest of the project. Any artists interested in helping out with the mural should contact Allison.

● Dixie Cups Once again, I would like thank all of
● 5-gallon buckets with lids our volunteers for your hard work
● Bread shipping creates and contributions to the garden.
● Work gloves We count on your continued support
● Soil


For a guide on how to turn a vacant lot into a garden from the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the origins of the Ash Street Garden in Hampden, CLICK HERE.

New Local Food Source

New Local Food Source

Image Courtesy of Real Food Farm

Real Food Farm, a new urban agriculture project in Northeast Baltimore’s Clifton Park, has opened a winter food stand.  They are offering turnips, radishes, arugula, spinach, kale, herbs, lettuce, and a mesclun salad mix at the Green School of Baltimore at 2800 Brendan Ave, off Belair Rd.

Vegetables sold at the stand are grown at Hoop Village on the Real Food Farm.  In October 2009, Real Food Farm created Hoop Village, a group of 3 agricultural hoophouses (impermanent greenhouses), as a source for local produce during winter months.  To learn more about Real Food Farm and Hoop Village, CLICK HERE.

Real Food Farm’s Winter Stand – Thursdays @ the Green School

Thursday, February 4; 3-6pm
Thursday, February 11; 3-6pm *Postponed*
Thursday, February 18; 3-6pm
Thursday, March 11; 3-6pm

Green School of Baltimore: 2800 Brendan Ave, off Belair Rd.
With support from Belair-Edison Neighborhood Inc.

New Community Garden Gets Started Hampden

New Community Garden In The Works In Hampden

Baltimore native Billy Thomas has recently acquired several vacant lots on Ash and Baldwin Streets in Hampden through the Baltimore City Adopt-A-Lot program.  The Adopt-A-Lot program, established by the Baltimore Department of Public Works, allows community groups to adopt City-owned land and use it for community space.  Billy is working on creating a community garden space which he envisions as a “huge punk veggie garden”.

There will be a meeting this Sunday, January 24 at 3515 Ash Street from 11-4pm to discuss plans, get input and get involved. If you would like to be involved, but can not attend the meeting, contact Billy at

Kat Feuerstein, the Clean and Green Committee Chair in Hampden, is encouraging residents with items such as seeds, starters, soil, tools, etc. that they can contribute, to please contact Billy to make donations.  She says, “For those of you who are not familiar with this lot, it resembled a landfill before they arrived”.

As of last year Baltimore had 7,000 lots of various shapes and sizes available for the Adopt-A-Lot program. To obtain more information on the program, call 443-984-3961

For a guide on how to turn a vacant lot into a garden from the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, CLICK HERE.