After the Flood: Losing The Farm And Dancing In The Street

After the Flood: Losing The Farm And Dancing In The Street – Ian Marvy, Founder Of The Red Hook Community Farm, On Surviving The Surge In Red Hook

Long before the dawn of the rooftop farm era, there was the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm. Founded in 2003 on the site of an abandoned two and a half acre playground, it was one of the city’s earliest urban farms, and is still one of its largest.

Two years ago, the farm lost their fall harvest to a freak hailstorm that shredded the produce to pulp in a matter of minutes. This year, they suffered another late season loss when Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge sent the waters of Erie Basin and Gowanus Bay roiling up to meet atop the field.

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Baltimore City Public Schools Green Guide

A new resource, put out by Baltimore City Schools, lists different resources for greening school facilities, educating about food, and building gardens. Inside you will find Baltimore City Sprouts! To see guide click here.

Seed Collecting from the University of Illinois Extension

An excellent PDF about general seed collection. Look up your specific plant you wish to collect from to make sure you don’t have to do something plant specific like introduce a bacteria. Collect those seeds and share them!

A garden inside the Baltimore City Detention Center-Audacious Ideas

As I walk into the Baltimore City Detention Center for my weekly garden class, a guard remarks on how big the plants are getting. I place my belongings into a bin and get patted down, and another employee tells me about her own garden. I tell her about the direction of the program, and for better serving the juveniles locked up there, facing adult charges. When they get out, I hope to be able to provide them with community service options or assist them in getting jobs in the field of horticulture.

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“Every school should have a garden.”

Don’t miss the City Paper’s article on Baltimore City Sprouts.

Photo for City Paper article

Photo by Frank Klein

Cheap Gardening Containers: How to Find and Use Them

From Mother Earth News

Should you be brand new to the gardening scene, be assured that there is no one  shape of container that’s more “correct” for garden use than another. Long,  short, wide, square, round—all are perfectly good. This also applies to  materials from which the containers are made. Wood, ceramic, pottery,  fiberglass, plastic/resin/polyethylene—it’s wide open to personal choice and  economical considerations. If you already have a container collection, make  certain that it is suited to the plants you want to grow before you charge  gung-ho into planting. Reading the rest of this chapter will help you decide if  you need anything different. Remember one very important thing: Your containers must all have drainage holes or be able to withstand having holes drilled  in them without breaking apart. Without proper drainage, your plants are doomed  to fail.
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Five DIY Upside-down Tomato Planters

In the spirit of material reuse and small space growing here is a website that will show you how to build upside-down tomato planters. Okay, you can buy them too. Enjoy!