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Community Gardens: The Meadow, Baltimore

Community Gardens: The Meadow, Baltimore


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Once an abandoned baseball diamond in the heart of Baltimore, The Meadow is now a thriving community garden and agricultural learning center created and maintained by the Mid-Atlantic Region of Whole Foods Market. Mark "Coach" Smallwood, Whole Foods Market’s local forager for this area, first discovered the neglected site in 2009 while walking his dogs around the neighborhood. After nearly a year of negotiation with Baltimore City, he was granted access to break ground on vegetable production. Located almost equidistant between our Mt. Washington and Inner Harbor stores, Whole Foods Market team members are committed to maintaining the garden. With the help of our team members and a network of neighborhood volunteers, the space is regularly weeded, watered and harvested. Community plots are available, however most of the produce harvested weekly is donated to the local food bank. "If you don't know how to grow, it's a great place to learn," says Coach. "If you do know how to grow, it's a great place to teach."

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