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Baltimore Urban Farm Ride 2017
April 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by AIABaltimore COTE | R and Two Wheel Tuesday
Baltimore is a national leader in urban agriculture. For many cities that struggle with food deserts and land vacancy, urban farms present an innovative solution. These green spaces can provide healthy food, promote community involvement, assist our water system, and provide opportunities for education and workforce development.
Last year, our bike tour focused on urban farms in Baltimore that grow a diversified mix of vegetables and fruits. This year, we will highlight a recent development in Baltimore’s urban agriculture movement: flower farms. These bright and colorful community spaces are less focused on providing solutions to healthy food access but help provide income streams to residents.
Come out for a fun Saturday morning and learn about this growing sector of urban agriculture in Baltimore! A commemorative t-shirt is included with registration and money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the participating urban farms.
The bike ride will begin at the Peabody Heights Brewery in Charles Village and travel a 10 mile loop hitting 3-4 urban farms in central and northeast Baltimore City. Note, this is 5 miles and 1 stop shorter than the 2016 ride 🙂 The final stop will be at a florist shop that sources from urban flower farms in Baltimore and helps support this growing local economy. We will end back at Peabody Heights Brewery where food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Throughout our ride, we will travel on streets with a range of bicycle facilities, highlighting the various complete-streets efforts of Baltimore City. These bicycle facilities will include a protected cycle-track, a bike lane, a bicycle boulevard, a mixed use path, and also streets with mixed traffic.
Parking at Peabody Heights Brewery: The brewery is located on the corner of Barclay and 30th Streets. There is ample street parking on both Barclay and 30th Street, and there is also an off-street parking lot that can be entered via 30th Street.
Hillen Homestead is a small urban farm growing sustainable cut flowers on two sites in Baltimore City totaling less than ¼ acre. They are committed to the community, our city, and our planet. Started in 2012, Hillen Homestead has blossomed into a small business as the growing area has gradually expanded at the original site and the a second location in Belair-Edison was added in 2015. To honor the late founder’s love of fruit and berries, both sites have small orchards and berry bushes in addition to ever-expanding flower beds with annuals and perennials.
Tha Flower Factory
A recent winner of The 2014 Growing Green Competition, Tha Flower Factory (TFF) is showing another side of urban agriculture by focusing on producing cut flowers and herbs. TFF is a repurposed empty half acre lot located in the Broadway East neighborhood. Its mission is to grow high quality sustainable flowers and herbs, promote green entrepreneurship, be a steward for the environment, provide experience-based training to others and raise the consciousness of the community. TFF looks forward to being apart of a greater movement of young farmers showing the potential of urban farming.
Boone Street Farm
Boone Street Farm was started in fall 2010, in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood. About 20 years ago, twelve rowhouses on the 2100 block of Boone Street were demolished, leaving two large vacant lots about a quarter acre in size. The lots remained vacant until 2010, when Cheryl Carmona talked with neighbors about the idea of growing food in the neighborhood, tested the soil, and adopted the lots. Boone Street Farm includes a free community garden for neighbors, one hoop house, and a small fruit orchard, in addition to a small-scale market farm.
Local Color Flowers
Local Color Flowers is a Baltimore-based floral design business. We create personalized arrangements and bouquets from fresh, seasonal, and sustainable flowers cultivated by local specialty growers. We are committed to responsible use of resources, supporting the local economy and promoting neighboring farms. We provide our clients an environmentally and socially conscious alternative when purchasing flowers.
By registering for the event participants agree to the terms of this Waiver & Release.
I understand that the route requires bicycling on public roadways. Helmets, high-visibility/appropriate biking attire are strongly recommended, but are at participants’ discretion.
I represent that I am in sound medical condition capable of participating in the ride without risk to myself or others, I have no physical or medical impediment which would endanger myself or others.
I understand that the law defines a bicycle as a vehicle and I agree to follow all traffic laws, signs, rules and regulations.
I consent to the use of my likeness in photographs or slides by ride organizers for brochures and /or other promotional materials.
I also consent to and permit emergency medical treatment in the event of injury or illness.
I, as a parent or guardian of a participating minor, hereby give my permission and consent voluntarily and freely for my child to participate in this event. I further agree individually and on behalf of my child to the above terms after having fully read the terms.
I freely and voluntarily accept all risks of injury, death, or property damage. I understand and agree that none of the parties described below may be held liable in any way for any occurrence or accident in connection with the event. I hereby RELEASE from any and all liability and agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects, their officers, agents, successors and assigns, the sponsors, the ride leader(s), and volunteers, against all claims, including, but not limited to, claims of negligence, unintentional acts, and acts of omission, and any loss or expense, which may arise from my participation in the event. I understand I am responsible for my own conduct and decisions while participating in the event and further agree that this Waiver & Release shall apply to any claim arising out of my participation in non-bicycling activities while a participant in the event.