Friday, July 19, 2013

Visit us at Artscape!

We are excited for the 32nd annual Artscape this weekend, the largest free art festival in the nation!
This will be our third year doing a fundraiser for Boone Street Farm. We will be making watermelon-basil-mint salads. Come visit us on the empty lot next to Wind-Up Space. Liam Flynn's Ale House is sponsoring the event on the lot.
Even if you aren't able to stop by, here is the recipe for you to enjoy.
Watermelon-Basil-Mint Salad 
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup lime juice
6 cups watermelon, cubed
15 leaves basil 
15 leaves mint
(adjust herb amounts to taste)
1. Heat water gently and stir in sugar until it is dissolved. Stir in lime juice. Taste and adjust the sweet and sour proportions to your liking.
2. Pour lime syrup over watermelon. Let marinate several hours. If there is extra liquid you can reserve to use in drinks.
3. Just before serving, finely chop basil and mint. Mix into the fruit salad.    
Artscape is a great fundraising opportunity for us to continue our programs such as the Cecil Elementary after school garden club, working with Baltimore City youth through the YouthWorks employment program, and raising money and making plants bloom on a formerly vacant lot. We thank you so much for your support.  
Please help me eat all this watermelon!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ms. Janine's Harvest!

Wow, check out those cucumbers and sacks of greens!

Thanks to Cheryl for taking this great photo of Ms. Janine, one of our community gardeners who actually used to live on this block where Boone Street Farm is now located. The houses on this block were torn down over twenty years ago, and the site has been an empty lot until we broke ground in March 2011.

Cheryl will be at the farm tomorrow (Saturday 7/13) for the Herbal Medicine Workshop, and Aliza will be working at the Farm Alliance of Baltimore table at the Waverly Farmers Market on 32nd Street.

Come on by for a visit!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Herbal Medicine Workshop This Sat 7/13

This Saturday 7/13, Boone Street Farm will be hosting an Herbal Medicine Workshop taught by Olivia Fite.

Participants will learn how to identify, use, and harvest common medicinal plants growing on site at the garden. The class will be informative, interactive, and fun! All ages are welcome.

Where: 2100 Boone Street one block east of Greenmount and one block north of North Ave

When: 10 am -12 pm

$5 - 10 suggested donation

At Boone Street Farm we are growing cilantro, basil, mint, parsley, burdock root, horseradish, and more. Here are a few photo examples of herbs we have growing at the garden.

Cilantro flowers

Our neighbor Myeisha helping prune the flowers off of the holy basil 
Aliza posing with a bouquet of cilantro, mint, and basil. Excellent mixed with watermelon or in spring rolls. 

Dill flowers, which attract local pollinators and will turn into delicious dill seeds. 
The purple flowers are coneflower, also known as echinacea which is commonly used to fight colds
Lots of mint! Excellent fresh in lemonade or mixed drinks, with fruit salad, in tabbouli salad, and more. Can also be dried for tea.