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New urban farm crops up in Baltimore

Ted Rouse talks about urban agriculture in Balltimore. Click here for video.

Private company and faith-based nonprofit aim to foster growth on 1.5 acres in neighborhood

By Jonathan Pitts
The Baltimore Sun
November 30, 2012


The empty lot in West Baltimore is usually a desolate spot, the sort of place people visit to leave an old mattress in the bushes or sneak a drink at night.

But this week, chain saws buzzed, trucks rumbled and residents shoveled compost at North Fulton and Lorman streets in Sandtown-Winchester as workers set up a 3,300-square-foot organic greenhouse, breaking ground on one of the city’s biggest entries in the fast-growing national movement known as urban farming.

The farm, now called Strength to Love Farms, will eventually be able to grow more than 150,000 pounds of fresh produce a year, all to be sold and distributed locally, according to Alex Persful, president and chief horticulturist of the urban agriculture firm Big City Farms.

Persful’s company, along with the nonprofit Strength to Love II and the Baltimore Department of Sustainability, plan to install 18 hoop houses like the one built this week.

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