About our Farm: The Oliver Community Farm was former residential housing that had become an abandoned lot. The lot was adopted by the 6th Branch, a veteran started non-profit that works in East Baltimore, in 2013 with the intent to help battle food insecurity faced by our neighbors in the Oliver community. The farm is in its third growing season. The basic mission of The 6th Branch is to revitalize abandoned green spaces and transform them into something that is useful to the community. The crops that we grow at the farm are a mixture of leafy greens, root vegetables, and fruit. The leafy greens we grow includes kale, mustard greens, collards, and lettuce. We have also had success growing cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and different kinds of squashes. For fruit we grow peaches, apples, pears, and plums.
Where we grow:
We grow in the Oliver neighborhood at 1600 Ellsworth St. We are close to Bond St and Preston St on an empty lot near the tunnel before Penn Station.
Colin Lyman grew up in Columbia, MD and attended Stevenson University until graduating in 2012. During his time there he stumbled upon The 6th Branch and has been a member of the organization ever since. When asked to be a VISTA for The 6th Branch to work on the Oliver Community Farm (OCF) he gladly accepted and has been learning to farm ever since it got started in 2013.
Kevin Kelly is a long time resident of the Oliver Community and stumbled upon The 6th Branch just as it was starting to take off. After many years of cooking and being curious about healthy food in the city. Also an avid vegetable lover has helped turn his passion into farming and making sure that kids are learning to eat healthy.
Where we sell: As of right now we currently are giving away produce to the Oliver neighborhood. But we hope to get involved in the Waverly Market with the Farm Alliance.
Volunteer Opportunities: We accept volunteers for the farm every Friday between 10 and 2. The Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/the6thbranch/events
Other Programming: We work at other locations around the surrounding communities transforming vacant lots into usable greenspace working alongside the communities. Anyone can volunteer at the different projects Check out https://www.facebook.com/the6thbranch/events to get involved and grab a shovel