Baltimore City Farms is a Recreation and Parks program offering garden beds for rent to City residents and employees. Here they grow their own vegetables, herbs and flowers in the beauty and safety of the following parks: Carroll, Clifton, Dewees, Druid Hill, Cimaglia (formerly Fort Holabird), Leakin, Patterson, Rockrose, Roosevelt, Light Street at Heath Street and Heath Street at Charles Street.
The program is open to Baltimore residents and City employees wishing to garden regardless of experience level. Novice “farmers” are mentored by on-site garden managers and experienced gardeners eager to share their knowledge. Additional support is provided in the form of hands-on gardening seminars, training manuals and bulletins, guiding the urban farmers through seasonal challenges.
Each gardener pays a one-time nonrefundable application fee of $10, signs a City Farms contract, and pays a nominal rental fee, depending upon the location and size of the individual garden bed standard 10’ x 15’ garden beds, or a smaller raised bed of 9’ x 6’.
(sample rental agreement).
City Farms gardens are fenced and locked, and participants gain access from dawn to dusk with a key. The gardens also have City water (April through October), hoses, and wheelbarrows. Wood chips and manures are also provided during the growing season.
Each garden plans community workdays, where they combine their efforts to tidy the garden common areas. These events are often followed by a cookout, or a pot luck lunch at a few of the gardens.