Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pickles & Upcoming January Events

Boone Street Farm pickles are now on display at our friend Dane's new coffeeshop located at 34 Lanvale Street.

It's the perfect spot to grab a pastry, a hardboiled egg, and a cup of really great coffee while you're waiting for the Bolt bus, taking a train, going to a show at Metro gallery, or watching a movie at the Charles. It's an absolutely beautiful and bright little cafe, and will be focusing on local foods.

All produce in the canned goods grown at the garden over the summer: pickled okra, pickled green beans, and a sour & hot green tomato relish that goes great on a cheesy quesadilla or with tortilla chips. You can even get some super local eggs that Dane is making into an amazingly simple egg salad, with thyme and a little bit of very good mayo.

Other updates from the farm in late January?

It's still grant writing and crop planning time! More info to come soon about the plants that we are excited about growing, how you can sign up to purchase Boone Street produce, and more.

Don't forget to check out these upcoming events:

CGRN Summit

Baltimore's best community gardening resource hosts its annual summit to plan for 2013! CGRN was essential for us, they gave the first $1000 grant to Boone Street Farm so that we could purchase compost, seeds, and tools. I don't know what gardening would be in this city without this organization. Can't wait to attend.

January 31, 2013 — 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Anna Evans-Goldstein at or (410) 448-5663 ext 128.

Greening University

Event Description: Workshops and resources detailing the best practices for gardening and managing open spaces, led by Baltimore’s premier gardening experts!

Keynote Speaker: Beth Strommen, Director of the Baltimore Office of Sustainability

Audience: This event is for Novice & Experienced Gardeners, Community Leaders and Community Professionals.

Fee: $1 to $3 donation requested.

Course options will include:
  1. Beekeeping & Animal Husbandry
  2. Fruit Trees 101
  3. Large-Scale Gardening (farming)
  4. Gardening With Kids
  5. Cooking Good Food from Easy Veggies
  6. Laws and the Land: What you might want to know
  7. Get Started with Power in Dirt-Land and Neighbors
  8. Stormwater Management for Community Green Spaces
  9. Just Starting? You Need Site Evaluation
  10. Ask the Experts
Levering Hall (on the West side of Campus)
Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Getting Ready for Gardening 2013

Getting ready for gardening 2013!

It's January and the seed catalogs have arrived. Yesterday we met with some of our main community gardeners to pick out seeds and discuss plans for next year. The main two requests: a fence for the garden and more space to garden. We made a list of seeds to get, and it seems that red potatoes, tomatoes, spinach and peppers are popular.

Ms. Vera checking out the Baker Creek heirloom seed catalog. Definitely one of my favorite catalogs for sure.

Everyone was in the Ravens spirit! Seriously every single person we saw was on their way to watch the game. Caw!

During the month of January Cheryl and I are busy writing grants, organizing our crop plans, purchasing seeds, and cleaning up our storage areas for next year.

In February we will be busy doing a variety of construction projects at the farm, such as putting doors on our hoop house, a roof and rainwater catchment system on the storage shed, and building anther community garden and a children's garden.

This spring we hope to partner with Cecil Kirk Elementary School to host a weekly after school garden program, so we are also planning for that partnership.

Our work is certainly cut out for us! If you would like to stop by the farm or volunteer, please send me an email at and I will add you to our email list.

Thanks everyone, and happy garden planning!

p.s. Apologies for the missing photos on this blog. I am having an issue with my photo albums in Google, and have not yet had the time to fix it. A dream of mine is getting a better website up and running before spring, we will see if I can get it done! Thanks so much for reading.
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