On the blustery Saturday morning of November 1st, a brave group of Baltimore Ethical Society members and friends gathered at Real Food Farms (RFF) in Clifton Park for a volunteer morning. Kate LaClair organized the event and Hugh brought bagels and coffee. Everyone brought good spirits and energy. Those contributing their time and “sweat equity” included Hugh, Kate, Ray Noemer, Janey Solwold, Alan Shapiro, Tobias Rountree, Jah Perez, Daniel Sisto, Andy Brokaw and her son Eric.
Guided by two Real Food Farm staffers, we weeded, and dug ditches along the outside of a “hot house” so that a new plastic covering could be installed to protect the crops over the winter season. It reminded me of another BES group two years earlier that helped construct the first two hothouses in the sprawling complex.
Real Food Farms is a Civic Works’ urban agricultural project that battles food insecurity in Baltimore. Since 2009 it has grown to six acres of cultivated land, some of it used year round. In addition to providing healthy food at reasonable prices in many of Baltimore’s “food deserts,” RFF educates youth and partners with community organizations to build a city that cares for all. Find out more about Real Food Farms at realfoodfarm.org.
Join us next time we gather there!