At the 2013 FlowerMart we presented information on Green and Healthy Schools and shared a booth with Farm Manager Greg Strella and several of the students from Great Kids Farm. Their story was fascinating and on Wednesday May 15th we took a tour of the farm. While there we learned about their mission to provide opportunities for Baltimore City Public School students to understand and participate in every aspect of food production – from seed to fork – and prepare them to lead 21st century sustainability efforts. We learned about the history of the farm, originally built in 1912 to serve as a foster home for African-American boys to its renovation as a working farm and teaching facility to serve and educate Baltimore City students in 2008.
Great Kids Farm does an amazing job with only 3 full time staff. Planting and harvesting is done by students primarily on work based learning internships for which they are paid a living wage. During our tour we witnessed these kids harvesting baby carrots that would soon be showing up in Baltimore City Public School cafeterias.
Great Kids Farm serves all levels of students and teachers in the BCPSS with tour introducing elementary school children to how food is grown; middles school science and gardening curriculums; and high school special projects and work-study opportunities.
The Great Kids Farm is a remarkable place that needs your support to continue to grow and educate Baltimore City’s students about quality food and good nutrition. The goal is to supply fresh vegetables to all city schools and plant materials to teachers and school gardens.
To donate your time or to take a tour of the facility contact the farm or Jill Wrigley from The Friends of Great Kids Farm.
Great Kids Farm – http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/greatkidsfarm
Friends of Great Kids Farm – http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/domain/5120