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Planning / Baltimore Food Policy Initiative / Homegrown Baltimore

Homegrown Baltimore is the city government’s urban agriculture program, encouraging Baltimore residents to Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. It is a part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Vacants to Value Initiative to reduce vacant housing and urban blight in Baltimore and includes two key priority areas:

The Homegrown Baltimore Employee Wellness CSA (community-supported agriculture) Farmshare is a pre-paid box of fruits and vegetables delivered directly to your office from a local farm. Each week you’ll receive a box of eight items ranging from lettuce to tomatoes to strawberries. This exciting new initiative will run for 24 weeks from June – November. Produce drop-offs can take place at any City building with a minimum of 10 employee participants and one site coordinator. Baltimore City understands the link between good health and eating well, and will incorporate the Employee Wellness Farmshare with existing wellness programming.

To learn more about the benefits of a CSA farmshare, how this program works, cost, and how to sign up, click here.

agricultureHomegrown Baltimore is the city government’s urban agriculture program, and is a part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Vacants to Value Initiative to reduce vacant housing and urban blight in Baltimore. For more information about how to farm in Baltimore City and for details on updated zoning codes and animal regulations, see this presentation 

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farmers marketMany of Baltimore City’s farmers markets are located in or near the city’s food deserts, and provide fresh, local produce to many of Baltimore’s residents. In order to ensure that these farmers’ markets can continue to operate and low-income community members can access and afford these local foods, BFPI is working to address policy barriers related to the acceptance of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs at farmers’ markets. Currently 7 out of 20 of the city’s farmers markets receive SNAP benefits and over 192,000 Baltimore residents receive SNAP benefits each month. (picture to the right: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shopping at Waverly Farmers Market)  Read More on Framers Markets

Contacts

Department of Planning

Baltimore Food Policy Initiative
Office of Sustainability
Department of Planning
417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Holly Freishtat, MS
Baltimore  City Food Policy Director
(410) 396-9509
Holly Freishtat

Sarah Buzogany
Food Access Coordinator
(410) 396-4359
Sarah Buzogany

Alice Huang
Healthy Food Coordinator
410-396-3899
Alice Huang

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