About Our Farm
Real Food Farm is Civic Works’ innovative urban agricultural enterprise engaged in growing fresh produce on eight acres in northeast Baltimore. Their mission is to work toward a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector. Since breaking ground in October 2009, the farm has been busy growing food, educating youth, partnering with community organizations, and bringing more real food to northeast Baltimore neighborhoods. The farm utilizes both high tunnels and open fields to grow seasonal produce on two different sites: Clifton Park and Perlman Place. In addition to growing annual farmers’ market standards such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, spinach, etc., Real Food Farm also experiments with a handful of perennial crops such as mushrooms, fruit trees, berries, and more.
Farmer Profile: Clayton Williams
Clayton is a Farm Manager with almost 50 years of growing experience, primarily in Baltimore City. Clayton comes from a family of subsistence farmers growing all their fruits and vegetables at home and canning foods for the winter. After serving in the US Air Force for four years as an electrician, Clayton returned to Baltimore and hasn’t stopped growing since! He oversees our production as a quality control extraordinaire and is passionate about teaching others how to grow quality food. Clayton is a Master Gardener and loves a good salad mix.
Farmer Profile: Dylan Moran
Dylan is a Farm Manager who oversees the growing and distribution of our diversified fruit and vegetable operation. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Dylan started at Real Food as an AmeriCorps member in 2015, quickly became a Crew Leader, and is now Site Manager. He is our CSA Coordinator and also helps run our Mobile Farmers Market program! Dylan likes to see mushrooms grow and is particularly partial to turnip greens.
Farmer Profile: Jessie Scott
Jessie is an Assistant Farmer and helps with farm operations and volunteer management. Jessie grew up on a small “one-horse” vegetable farm outside Columbia, SC. She continued growing personally until she became involved with the Madeira Street Garden in 2005, organizing the neighborhood and converting a vacant lot into a quarter acre vegetable garden. She is a Baltimore City Master Gardener, and heavily dislikes harlequin bugs.
Where We Grow
Clifton Park Site: 2801 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213
Perlman Place Site: 1950 Perlman Place, Baltimore, MD 21213
Where We Sell
Mobile Farmers Market: Market stops are throughout Baltimore City
from May-November at Community/Senior Centers, WIC Clinics, Schools, and more! Home Deliveries are available upon request in select neighborhoods.
Community Supported Agriculture: Completely customizable weekly shares are available May through December for pick up in Downtown, Charles Village, Roland Park, and Clifton Park.
Restaurants and institutions: As available.
We always welcome volunteers to participate along side us in farming activities!
Wednesdays from 9am – 12pm at Clifton Park Site
Thursdays from 4pm – 7pm at Perlman Place Site
2nd Saturdays from 9am – 12pm at Perlman Place Site
3rd Saturdays from 9am – 12pm at Clifton Park Site
– Field Trips
– Service Learning Opportunities
– Afterschool Farm Club
– Summer Youth Jobs: Mission Thrive Summer and Baltimore Conservation Leaderships Corps
For more details about additional programs available, check out our website.