Saturday, May 23, 2015

Village Green Enters Land Trust

By Ashlie Kauffman, Remington Village Green site manager 

The Remington Village Green, a community garden on Fox Street, received great news this March when we finally signed papers to transfer our city-owned garden lots to the Baltimore Green Space, a community land trust that preserves open spaces throughout Baltimore. With these spaces now a part of the trust, the garden will remain permanently preserved as open space, and will be available to gardeners in Remington for years to come.

To expand the garden's value to the community, we are making an effort to provide more activities and gardening education. In recent years, we've hosted the Charm City Farm and Garden bike tour, art days, cookouts, and an Easter egg hunt. This year we've added a kids' bed, so that neighborhood children gain hands-on experience growing food and taking care of plants. Additional art projects and community events are in the works for the future. To help raise funds for these kinds of activities and for additional garden development, we'll be hosting a flea market on Sunday, June 7th, with a larger fund-raising event planned for later in the season. Please mark your calendars!

Started in 2008 by Roy Skeen, Megan Beller, Charlie Beller, and other volunteers, the Remington Village Green has a membership of approximately 25 gardeners each season, who grow food for their families in 18 individual garden beds. Two murals make the space more vibrant, one created under the guidance of former resident Eric Imhof, and the other spearheaded by Moira Fratantuono, with the help of the Huntingdon Avenue Porch Art club and other Remington residents who dropped by to paint.

Community plantings in the garden include asparagus, beans, peaches, pears, plums, figs, blackberries, strawberries, hibiscus, and various herbs. The garden also showcases native plants and flowers, a birch tree, and a potluck area. Our many community frie
nds and partners, such as Parks & People, the Church of the Guardian Angel, GRIA, the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins, and Hopkins' members of Alpha Phi and Beta Theta Pi, have all been instrumental in livening up the garden.

For more information, please e-mail, or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Also check out the great work that the Baltimore Green Space is doing to preserve land throughout the city by visiting ◘