Boone St. Farm
About our Farm
Cheryl Carmona and Aliza Sollins started the Boone Street Farm in Fall 2010, in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood. About 20 years ago, twelve rowhouses on the 2100 block of Boone Street were demolished, leaving two large vacant lots about a quarter acre in size. The lots remained vacant until 2010, when Cheryl Carmona talked with neighbors about the idea of growing food in the neighborhood, tested the soil, and adopted the lots. Boone Street Farm includes a free community garden for neighbors, one hoop house, and a small fruit orchard, in addition to a small-scale market farm. In our first two years, we harvested over 2000 lbs of a large variety of produce, including kale, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, beets, collards, black eyed peas, peanuts, green onions, garlic, summer squash, and green beans. In addition to selling fresh produce, we have also made value-added products such as vegetarian banh mi sandwiches vended at Artscape, or a bloody mary bar at a New Year’s Day event with homegrown canned tomatoes and pickles. In our 3rd season, we will continue to offer healthy food options and improve soil and water quality in our neighborhood, work to build economic sustainability and improve our farm infrastructure. Community engagement is an important part of our model. This year we are focusing on clean community initiatives, expanding our vermiculture system, hosting a series of monthly gardening and cooking workshops in our neighborhood, and collaborating with Cecil Elementary to host an after school garden club to promote science and nutrition education.
Where we grow
East Baltimore Midway Neighborhood
2100 Boone Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Cheryl Carmona, Farm Manager
Cheryl has been gardening in Baltimore for 8 years. Her interest in sustainable agriculture led her to an environmental science Masters program at the University of Maryland, where she studied agricultural soil and watershed sciences. With this training, Cheryl has been working to build an urban agriculture project that uses sustainable practices to raise awareness about the connections between agriculture and the environment, grow healthy food, and develop an urban community around agriculture.
Dana Rushovich, Field Manager
Dana was initially exposed to urban agriculture while studying Environmental Science and Policy at University of Maryland. Through various volunteer work and involvement with sustainability initiatives on campus she became passionate about sustainable agriculture and the local food movement. Upon graduating in May 2013 she did a three month apprenticeship at Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro, North Carolina before starting at Boone Street Farm in September 2013. She has really enjoyed learning about urban farming in Baltimore and has loved working with the Boone Street Team during the 2014 season. She cannot wait to grow the project even more during the 2015 season.
Where we sell
Our produce will be available at the Farm Alliance Stand at the Waverly market on Saturdays. Email us at boone.street.farm@gmail to receive updates about our upcoming markets, special prepared food events, workshops, and volunteer days.