Roosevelt Park City Farm: A Baltimore Community Garden

Carolyn Pomodoro eagerly greeted us with “Do you need any tomato plants?  Which plot is yours?  I’ll drop them off whenever you want!”

rooseveltThis past winter, Carolyn started over 600 heirloom variety tomato plants under grow lights in her Hampden home, a neighborhood in North Baltimore.  She intended to sell or give them to neighbors and farmers but she was waylaid during prime planting season.  She didn’t have the heart to let her tomato plants die so she put 100 of them into her 150 square feet plot in the Roosevelt Park City Farm, a community garden built and managed by Baltimore City’s Department of Recreation and Parks City Farms.  Although Carolyn knows that they are too close together to thrive, she is relieved that at least some of her “babies” made it into the ground.   On her porch, tomato plants are still looking for an in-ground home.

Roosevelt Park City Farm is filled with more than tomato plants:  corn, collards, peppers, eggplant and, appropriately, a plastic pink Flamingo, the Hampden mascot. Gardeners decorate plots with elaborate trellises, stone pathways, wooden benches, and brightly colored flowers to attract bees and butterflies.  This garden, although one of the smallest, is the newest of City Farm-supported gardens, replacing the original garden site in Roosevelt Park. It features 32 plots, vintage water spigots, and a woodchip pathway, all enclosed in tall black fencing.  Currently, 18 people are eagerly waiting for an open garden plot.  Plots turn over only if the current gardener doesn’t take care of his plot or voluntarily gives it up. Read More >