Cherry Hill Urban Garden
About our Farm
900 Cherry Hill Road @ Veronica Ave. The Cherry Hill Development Corporation signed a lease with the Baltimore Housing Authority in 2010 for 1.5 acres for the Eat Healthy, Live Healthy garden on Cherry Hill road and Veronica Ave, where public housing had been torn down 20 years prior. Under the vision and dedication of Ms. Juanita Ewell, with the help of Towson University’s Professor Nadine Braunstein the site was cleaned of trash, overgrown weeds and debris, and by 2011 8 raised beds were built and the first large grant received (USDA Peoples Garden). In early 2012, through Future Harvest CASA’s Beginning Farmer Training Program, Ally Schonfeld and Hamilton Trimm joined the team. They had designed a growing plan for the rest of the 1.5 acre lot, double growing areas by building 16 more raised beds, started larger row-crop sites across the lot, developed the volunteer work program and established both on and off-site sales. In Fall 2012 Garrett Bent and Cherry Hill resident “Frog” replaced Ally and Hamilton. From late 2012 to present, Juanita, Frog, and Garrett, with the help of many volunteers, a handful of community members and many local schools, have again doubled the site’s growing area, established compost sites, planted native fruit trees, built a 40′ high tunnel, on -site market stand, processing station and Respite Garden. In 2014 Ms. Juanita Ewell started teaching a class at the nearby elementary and middle schools.
Where we grow
900 Cherry Hill Road @ Veronica Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Juanita Ewell – Cherry Hill native, Cherry Hill Development Corporation Board Member, grandmother and avid home gardener whose dream for the community in 2010 started the Cherry Hill Urban Garden. She is very interested in eating healthy, living healthy and community service, and continues to lead the food security movement in Cherry Hill. One can typically find Juanita at the garden most mornings chipping away at all sorts of projects or cruising Cherry Hill’s usual spots in her new truck looking for any idle hands to put to work.
Garrett Bent – Originally from Ogunquit, Maine, graduated in 2012 from Goucher College studying Biology and currently a part-time line cook and rooftop gardener at the Hamilton Tavern. His interest in holistic health and promoting biodiversity lead him from indoor hydroponic vegetable production to organic outdoor vegetable production. He has been volunteering as a manager with Juanita since the fall of 2012, find him at the garden Tuesday through Friday.
David “Frog” – Cherry Hill native, youngest of twelve, community volunteer, and Juanita’s right hand man. Frog started volunteering alongside Juanita in 2012 with relatively no experience and over two years has become an invaluable team member, and most importantly an invested community member. He’s very glad his interest in the garden has kept him busy. Find him with Juanita at the garden most mornings.
Where we sell
Cherry Hill Urban Garden has a neighborhood farm stand on-site Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm, weather permitting. You can check their website or Facebook to see what’s in season and when the season begins and ends.
We also sell at the Farm Alliance table at the Waverly Farmer’s Market, Saturdays from 7:00am-12:00pm, and to a handful of local restaurants.
Our volunteer hours are: Mondays 8:00am-12:00pm, Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm, and Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm. If you would like to bring a group of volunteers, please email us ahead of time.
Please see our Facebook Page for special events/volunteer days.