Friday, May 13, 2016

We're hiring a summer position!


Education & Outreach Summer Assistant position


Boone Street Farm and Whitelock Community Farm are community supported urban farming projects in Baltimore. These projects aim to provide affordable, sustainable fresh food in their neighborhoods and promote healthy eating habits, greening and positive community activity.
These farms are both members of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City and grow produce for neighborhood farm stands, CSA’s, the Waverly Farmer’s market, and local restaurants.


We are seeking a dynamic individual to act as an Education and Outreach Summer Assistant for the 2016 season. The Education and Outreach Summer Assistant will work alongside farm staff and volunteers to implement educational programming within our communities. They will be exposed to a broad range of activities that go into establishing a community farm as a neighborhood institution. They will also become familiar with sustainable growing practices through hands-on experience.


When:
  • This job starts in June and ends in mid-August.  The education and outreach summer assistant will work 30 hours per week for 10 weeks.  Requires availability Mon- Fri.


Responsibilities include:
  • Assist daily with implementing YouthWorks program for 6 weeks - brainstorm and plan activities designed to introduce youth to farm tasks and the citywide local food movement.
  • Co-facilitate garden/farm activities, cooking classes, and educational workshops with neighborhood youth
  • Assist with advertising and running educational community workshops
  • Advertise farm events and outreach to community
  • Provide leadership and act as a role model for all youth program participants


Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Submit resume and cover letter by Friday May 27th
  • Responsible for their transportation to work and must show up on time
  • Previous youth work experience is preferred, teaching experience is a plus
  • Previous farm experience is a plus but not required
  • Able to complete manual labor including sitting, bending, lifting, and/or moving items weighing from 20-50+ pounds
  • Must be comfortable working outside in various weather conditions for extended periods of time
  • Must be flexible and energetic, and have good decision making skills and a strong work ethic


Compensation:

  • $10/hr
  • Take home farm produce as available
  • Opportunity to be an integral part of a community focused organization

Friday, February 12, 2016

Summer Youthworks Opportunities at Boone Street Farm


In order to participate in the Urban Agriculture and Environmental Landscaping program you must:
  • Be 15-18 years old, a Baltimore City resident and enrolled in a public Baltimore high school
  • Complete an online registration through YouthWorks by March 4th https://youthworks.oedworks.com/#youth
  • Present a social security card, birth certificate and valid state photo identification in a youthworks interview and pass a criminal history background check if you are 18+.
  • Attend a working interview at Boone Street Farm (a staff member will call to schedule an interview)
  • Obtain a work permit, separate from YouthWorks work permit (you can request a work permit from your principal’s or guidance counselor’s office)
  • Fill out an application and medical forms by March 4th. Application available here 
  • Be able to commit to an 8 week program without a break for vacation.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Thank you for a successful season and Fundraiser

We want to sincerely thank everyone that was involved in making our Second Annual Growing up Green Fundraiser an amazing success! Without the help of our dedicated volunteers, performers, chefs, sponsors, donors, and guests we could not have made this event happen. 
 
We were able to raise over $4000 that will be put towards our Cecil Elementary School Garden club program!! Special thanks to the following people for making this event happen:
 
Chefs: Sarah Morton and Billy McCarthy, Kevin Brown, Krystal Mack, Jen Doll
Food: Boone Street Farm, Hawks Hill Creamery, South Mountain Creamery, HEX Ferments, Atwaters Bakery, Real Food Farm, The Mushroom Stand, Two Boots Farm, City-Hydro, Really Raw Honey, Reids Orchard
Silent Auction: Metta Integrative Wellness Center, The Wine Market, Rothwell Law, Blue Pit BBQ and Whiskey Bar, Xquistite Catering, Friends and Farms, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Breadery, Charm City Yoga, Pablo Machioli, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, The Charmery, Zensations Apothecary, Woodberry Kitchen, Artifact Coffee, Ron William, Leah Livengood
Performers: La Rose and the Buttes, Catalina Byrd
Venue: Peabody Heights Brewery
Sponsors: Coppin State University, Roland Park Country School, Sweetgreen, University of Baltimore, The Restaurant Store, Rouse Foundation
Poster Artwork: Sara Lautman
Volunteers: Raychiel, Ellie, Jon, Natanya, Vanessa, Gagan, Ricker, Alison, Isabel, Joey, Kevin, Noah, Jacob, Amelia, Debbie, Tommy, Katie
Boone Street Staff/Interns: Cheryl, Dana, Marcus, Serina, Tanya, Lindsay, Grace, Chris, Sequinta, Sonce, Lauren, Patrick, Emma, Katelyn, Deja, Rosa, Amelia. 





Thank you for an AMAZING Season

We want to thank everyone that has been involved in the farm this year for helping make this our most productive season yet. Our accomplishments this year include harvesting over 5,400 lbs of produce, hosting over 20 interns and regular volunteers, hiring an assistant production manager, educating over 30 students through our Cecil Elementary School Garden Club program, working with 5 high school students through the Youthworks program, delivering vegetables weekly to 11 families through our Community supported agriculture (CSA) progam, starting an herbal CSA,  attending a new farmers market, selling to local restaurants, creating a cookbook, and hosting our first ever cooking classes.

This year we continued to expand our production allowing us to increase our yields and provide more fresh produce to the community. We added 8 new rows to our St. Ann's site and increased our growing intensity allowing us to reach our sales and harvest goals. Each year we are able to improve our efficiency and learn new techniques helping us work towards creating a sustainable farm business. Through grant funding we were able to subsidize the cost of our produce to community members and people receiving nutrition benefits allowing us to sell our produce at our weekly farm stand at an affordable price. We were also able to purchase a tool shed which will cut down on a significant amount of travel between the office and the farm allowing us to spend more time working on growing great produce.

As many of you are aware we had an independent developer place a bid on our 21st street lot putting us in danger of losing about 25% of the space we are currently growing on. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition and showed your support of the farm. We were able to place a counter bid on the land and are now waiting to hear the outcome. During this time we can still use all the support we can get. Please consider donating to the farm during this holiday season to help us secure the rest of the land we are growing on and provide support to continue to expand our production and programming. For online donations visit ourwebsite and use the paypal link under the donate tab or send checks to Boone Street Farm, 2701 St. Lo Dr, Baltimore MD 21213.

Look out for information about 2016 programming and how to join our 2016 CSA early next year. We hope everyone has a happy holiday season and New Year!

 
 

Don't miss the Second Herbal Medicine Class
Wednesday, December 2nd!

Thank you to this years interns and staff!!

Spring
Marcus Carter
Amelia Hazen
Matt Nickelson
Chris Carresse
Kendell Shriver
Hannah Blau
Kimberley Meistrall
Kate FitzGerrell
Kariyma Murphy
Emma Reisinger
Emani Williams
Christopher Croft
Lyn Davidson

Summer
Tanya Krapf
Hans Van Zinkernagel
Grace Macfarlane
Ellie Macfarlane
Elizabeth Gallo
Maggie Weese
Andrea Michalowsky

Fall
Lindsay Crisler
Sequinta Watts
Sonce Reese
Deja Golder
Rosa Wilson
Serina Willams
Patrick Baron
Lauren Poor
Katelyn Jarkowiec

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sign this Petition to Help Boone Street Farm

Sign this Petition to Help Boone Street Farm

Boone Street farm is in danger of losing ¼ of the land that we are currently growing on and programming for due to an independent developer who would like to build properties on our open space. Boone Street Farm would like to continue to grow fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs and develop this land for the community to utilize for recreational purposes.  We have successfully built a small urban farm and have developed educational programming that reaches both our neighborhood residents as well as students, gardeners and residents across the city.  Boone Street Farm strives to create affordable access to fresh healthy food through our Greenmount market stand and our CSA program and we need your support to continue to do this work in East Baltimore Midway.  Please sign this online petition to show your support for Boone Street Farm to continue to grow food on the corner of 21st St and Boone Street.  Please share this link with with your networks!!  Thank You!!!

Cheryl, Dana and Marcus
Boone Street Farm