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Increasing popularity for homegrown and local foods in Baltimore City.

Fresh produce at the Whitelock Community FarmMany Baltimore citizens are making the transition from chain super markets to locally grown foods.  Organic meats, fruits and veggies are beginning to appeal more to city residents as farms, community gardens and farmers markets are becoming more available in many neighborhoods, including Hampden, Reservoir Hill and Waverly.  This site will help inform readers about the relevance and importance of urban agriculture in Baltimore City.

Stories

Neighborhood ‘guerilla’ gardens engaging Baltimore City residents with healthy food options

Red chili peppers thriving at Whitelock Community FarmCommunity farms have been gaining popularity and support over the past decade in low-income areas of Baltimore City.  Local residents are taking the initiative to transform vacant lots and empty patches of earth into sustainable, user-friendly gardens. Click here to read the entire story.

Baltimore communities benefiting from local food co-ops and gardens

A vendor at Whitelock Community Farm selling produceFood co-ops in Baltimore City are offering food discounts and free produce in exchange for hands-on farming and financial support.  Click here to read the entire story.

City residents aim to end food deserts

Caleb Lin's backyard garden thrives in December.Many Baltimore City citizens are adopting a new approach to sustainable living and smart eating in an effort to win the fight against food deserts. Backyard gardens, potted plants and shared community plots are helping pave the way to healthier lifestyles for the residents living in these low-income areas. Click here to read the entire store.

Multimedia

Infographics on food deserts in the U.S. and Baltimore.

Infographic 1

There are 6,500 food deserts in the continental U.S. There are 6,500 food deserts in the continental U.S.  Click here for a larger view.

Infographic 2

13.5 million people living in food deserts have low access to a vehicle and live at least a mile away from the nearest grocery store or large supermarket. 13.5 million people living in food deserts have low access to a vehicle and live at least a mile away from the nearest grocery store or supermarket.  Click here for a larger view.

Infographic 3

27% of Baltimore City residents live in or around food deserts and aren't within walking distance to a grocery store. 27% of Baltimore City’s residents live in or around a food desert and aren’t within walking distance to a grocery store. Click here for a larger view.

A Youtube video slideshow of the Whitelock Community Farm.

Elisa Lane, farm manager of the Whitelock Community Farm, Click here to watch a video on the Whitelock Community Farm.discusses the relevance of volunteer community gardens and co-ops in Baltimore City.  Click here to watch the video.

An interactive map of locations to buy and grow local foods.

Click here to see a map of farmers markets, food co-ops and community gardens in Baltimore.A map of farmers markets, community gardens and food co-ops Baltimore.  Click here for a larger view.

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