Urban Agriculture Grows in Baltimore
Gardeners at Boone Street urban farm and community garden. See more photos at The Baltimore DIY Squad here.
“It has brought the community together for something positive.”
By Alison Kitchens
Capital News Service
Sept 29, 2011
In Baltimore, urban agriculture has the potential to help improve conditions in some of the city’s “food deserts,” said Anne Palmer, program director of Eating for the Future at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
The center defines “food deserts” as areas in cities where residents are below the poverty level and do not have easy access to healthy foods at supermarkets within walking distance, about a quarter of a mile.
Palmer said that how people get food and where they shop is a complicated question, but many residents are willing to go out of their way or to visit multiple stores to have better food options.
“In terms of urban agriculture it plays a really important role because lots of people are not necessarily happy or satisfied with the food that is available to them,” Palmer said. “And having these venues to purchase fresh food is really important, especially to the people who are willing to travel for their food.”