Baltimore's Recreation and Parks Department Boosts Urban Farming With City Farms

Baltimore's Recreation and Parks Department Boosts Urban Farming With City Farms

Clifton Farms, Baltimore’s Oldest City farm. Photo courtesy of Harold McCray Urban gardening is a long-time tradition in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, according to the new City Farms Coordinator Harold McCray. “Its original purpose was in response to urban hunger and malnutrition—that was its root,” McCray says. The idea to include community gardens within Baltimore’s parks developed later, according to McCray. Former Mayor William Donald Schaefer suggested a garden network, beginning as a horticulture division of Recreation and Parks which became City Farms. In 1978, the first City Farms garden, located in Clifton Park, took root. “The City Farms program is pretty much, now, a collaboration of several entities that are interested in developing the neighborhoods in the city with the City Planning Commission fully involved,” McCray says. Part of Mayor Schaefer’s plan in ...

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