About Our Farm
Hillen Homestead is a small urban farm growing sustainable cut flowers on two sites in Baltimore City totaling less than ¼ acre. We are committed to our community, our city, and our planet. This adventure began in 2012 when my friend Ben Meyers adopted a City-owned vacant lot near Clifton Park to build out an urban oasis near where he grew up. He named it Hillen Homestead, made a logo, and planted four blueberry bushes that promptly walked off. I was itching to try growing some flowers and have a bit more space to play around with, so we teamed up. In January 2013, Ben passed away very suddenly and tragically. After thinking things through and consulting his family, I decided the best way to honor his memory and vision was to continue growing flowers and fruit on the vacant lot. Since then, Hillen Homestead has blossomed into a small business, and every year I add new varieties and forge relationships with more florists, neighbors, customers, and other growers. My husband has been a huge help in this project as have countless friends, customers, and neighbors. We have gradually expanded the growing area at the original site and in 2015 added a second location in Belair-Edison. To honor Ben’s love of fruit and berries, both sites have small orchards and berry bushes in addition to ever-expanding flower beds with annuals and perennials.
Farmer Profiles: Maya Kosok
I’m Maya, and I have a passion for good people and strong communities. My interest in flower farming starts there. My background is in community non-profits and farm-based education, and now I juggle Hillen Homestead with chasing after my own two kids.
Where We Grow
Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello and Belair-Edison
1913 E. 28th St and 3500 Kenyon Ave.
Where We Sell
Our flowers are available through a seasonal CSA subscription, in bulk for weddings and events, and through local florists such as Local Color Flowers and Crimson & Clover.