Is WIC an Option for Corner Stores?

Ashley talks with some some people at Linden Market.

Over the summer of 2016, CLF’s Map Team interns visited every known food store in Baltimore City to collect data for the Healthy Food Availability Index (HFAI)—but they also took time to interview some of the store owners and learn about their challenges and successes. Here’s the second of those stories. 

Of the approximately 621,000 people living in Baltimore, 25 percent live in food deserts. Within the span of three months, my HFAI team visited roughly 1,000 food retail outlets in Baltimore. We went into corner stores, small groceries, supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies, visiting between 60 and 90 stores every week. Read More >

Urban Farm Makes Huge Strides: Whitelock Community Farm

What began as a “guerilla gardening” project in a Baltimore food desert now operates as a legitimate urban farm that fulfills several important community functions.

In March 2010, members of Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill neighborhood began gardening in an abandoned public lot on Whitelock Street. They hoped to cultivate the lot as a community gathering space and as a source of fresh produce in the neighborhood. With only one supermarket, Reservoir Hill is a recognized food desert, meaning residents do not have easy and affordable access to healthy foods. Read more about the history of Whitelock and Reservoir Hill in this previous blogpost. Read More >

What goes in Obama’s mouth may be as important as what comes out.

Leaders in the sustainable agriculture community are not the only ones trying to bend the Obama Transition Team’s ear toward a healthy, sustainable food system (see blog post from 12/23/08). As a recent New York Times article pointed out, everyone from foodies to farmers , chefs to consumers, has high hopes for how Obama will address food issues.

Will there be a new White House chef who concentrates on using local organic ingredients? Will those ingredients come from food grown on the white house lawn? (Those from The Who Farm and Eat the View certainly hope so).  A White House organic garden or a First Family fed organic food would be highly visible symbolic gestures for broader policy changes-changes that could slow global warming, protect our national security and improve our population’s health. Michael Pollan’s open letter to the ‘Farmer in Chief ‘and a recent op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor discussed what some of these policy actions to should look like. (Both noted the importance of eliminating large scale industrial animal farming as we know it.) And, an op-ed in today’s Boston globe noted that Obama would do well to listen to such advice rather than succumb to agri-business pressure, displaying “the courage to defend what the likes of Michael Pollan have to say, without apology.” Read More >