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black farmers to buy from

SUPPORT BLACK FARMERS INSTEAD OF WHOLE FOODS. FIND OUT WHY.

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The protests taking place in Baltimore are a part of an uprising for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Through protests, civil disobedience, and media, black people and allies are demanding we acknowledge and discuss the systematic racism in America that is portrayed specifically though police brutality based on race.

The actions taking place in Baltimore have proven to be extremely controversial.  Some, including large media, speak of the events though a lense of violence and fear-mongering, and dismiss the black experience. Others see the actions as a result of righteous rage and compare the protests to historically prominent moments in American history that have shaped civil rights as we know them today.

Everyone has their side. Whole Foods Market in East Baltimore publicly declared to support the National Guard during this time with sandwich donations.  Make a choice to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement through supporting black farmers.

(Post adopted from The Root Of It All Blog)

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  1. Five Seeds Farms
  2. The Flower Factory
  3. The Greener Garden

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soul foods, not whole foods (staying abreast of the riots in Baltimore)

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Just because Spring is the busiest time of year for farmers doesn’t mean that we’re not taking the time to keep a close eye on the riots in Baltimore. We know that the entrenched system of labor exploitation and land abuse that makes it to be a small farmer in this country is exactly the same system of greed, racism, and oppression that devalues black bodies and black life.  We understand that the success of our (and, in fact, all progressive) movements are not separate but intrinsically linked.

Whole Foods came out last week in support of The National Guard Last week. No surprise here, but we’d like to suggest that, in response, you choose not to support them. Check out this handy (though not complete) list Black Farmers to Buy from Instead of Whole Foods.


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real food farm hiring new production assistant!

Real Food Farm in Baltimore is hiring a new Production Assistant.

Under supervision of the Farm Manager, the Production Assistant assists with all daily work and food production activities at the Clifton, Perlman Place Farm or Aisquith Street site. Production Assistants are asked to devote one Saturday per month to assist with volunteer day projects or community events. Production Assistants will be engaged in all aspects of vegetable production and fieldwork, interact with volunteers and market customers, as well as provide support for Real Food Farm’s community garden project at Perlman Place.

These positions require 30-35 hours per week on average from March 2015 – September 2015. Positions available include three 900-hour and one 675-hour Civic Works AmeriCorps terms, which consist of a modest biweekly stipend, skills training, and education award upon completion of service.

You can read the full description of the position and learn how to apply HERE.


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urban ag in baltimore

URBAN GREEN: HOOP HOUSES REPLACE ROW HOUSES IN BALTIMORE’S SANDTOWN
by Alia Malek

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BALTIMORE, Md. — In Sandtown, Douglas Wheeler looks out with satisfaction over the abandoned city-block-turned-farm where he works growing all sorts of greens and lettuce — “but never iceberg” — and remembers how it used to be.

“This lot was a garden of trash,” he says. “With rats all over the place.”

Before they were demolished in 2005, the block had 27 row houses, most of them long boarded up and abandoned, transformed from icons of Baltimore pride to casualties of the blight brought on the city by deindustrialization, unemployment, addiction and the war on drugs.

Until the 1960s, Sandtown was part of the vibrant 72 square blocks that made up a family-based, African-American community where laborers, professionals and artists all lived together across socioeconomic lines. The quarter took its name from the horse-drawn wagons that would trail sand through its streets after filling up at the local sand and gravel quarry. Thurgood Marshall graduated from Sandtown’s Frederick Douglass High School, locals Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday sang in the legendary jazz clubs on Pennsylvania Avenue, and any kid could get some wood, build a box and make a few bucks on that main drag shining shoes.

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baltimore non-profit seeks intern

TALMAR Gardens and Horticultural Therapy Center is a non-profit farm established to provide a therapeutic and recreational environment offering horticultural therapy and vocational skills training opportunities for people with special needs. With frequent help from our program participants, we grow flowers, vegetables and herbs using sustainable and organic methods. talmar.org

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Interns will participate in a range of on-farm activities including growing produce and flowers, pest management, soil development, and harvest. In addition to hands-on training, interns will also receive readings and resources for further knowledge development. Activities include:
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intern at side by side farm

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Side by Side Farm is accepting applications for 2 part-time interns for the 2013 season. Our farm is located in an idyllic setting, less than an hour’s drive north of Baltimore. This position would be perfect for persons looking to gain solid farming experience who are not yet able to commit to a full-time position. We farm on 3 acres for our vegetable CSA, using organic growing methods, and the balance of the land (woodlots and pasture) is managed according to permaculture principles. We also grow a handful of specialty crops, including baby ginger, shiitake mushrooms and lemongrass. To read more about our farm, visit our website at: www.sidebysidefarm.com.

Internships run from mid-March to the end of October. We prefer that interns commit to the full season, but we have some flexibility with start and end dates. We are looking for hard working, open-minded, energetic people to join our team. Prior farming experience is a plus, but is not necessary. Continue reading

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