Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Whitelock Community Farm launches $10,000 fundraising campaign (Baltimore)

From email from the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council in Baltimore:

Whitelock Community Farm is excited to announce its first ever $10,000 Kickstarter fundraising campaign to invest in farm infrastructure projects and expand its community education programs, including a neighborhood composting project.
Whitelock Community Farm, Reservoir Hill neighborhood, Baltimore
The Farm is a resident-run urban farm located on a formerly vacant block in Reservoir Hill, Baltimore. Established in Spring 2010 in a neighborhood with no supermarket or any other fresh food options, the Farm provides opportunities for residents to learn about healthy food and urban agriculture through community work-produce exchanges, educational programs, and public events.

The Farm has had a tremendous first year: starting as a small melon patch, the Farm has since built raised planting beds, hosted a Fall Harvest Festival, constructed a hoophouse for year-round growing, secured the first-ever 5-year adopt-a-lot agreement with Baltimore City, sponsored weekly market days, installed its own water source, presented outdoor community movies, and hosted hundreds of students, volunteers, and community members on a site that previously had no activity, color, or life.

Please visit our fundraiser page to see a special video made by the Farm and New Lens, a Reservoir Hill youth arts group, that shows how the Farm is establishing itself as a community anchor for Reservoir Hill. You can choose to pledge any dollar amount, but it will only convert into an actual donation if we reach our goal of $10,000!

Reservoir Hill is a neighborhood not far from Penn Station in Baltimore, is somewhat served by the North Ave. light rail station, has great building stock, but a lot of vacant buildings and lots.



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