Building Gardens, Rebuilding a City: Baltimore’s Community Greening Resource Network

  • Sarah Krones Parks & People Foundation
  • Shari Edelson Parks & People Foundation
Keywords: Baltimore, Collaboration, Community Garden, Food Security, Revitalization, Urban

Abstract

Vacant spaces in urban areas are agents of blight and are prevalent in impoverished neighborhoods with high incidences of food insecurity. However, residents in many cities are reclaiming such spaces and converting them into community assets by install­ing community gardens. This article describes a program in Baltimore, Maryland, that has enabled low-income citizens to become involved in garden­ing. Modeled after Detroit's Garden Resource Program Collaborative, Baltimore's Community Greening Resource Network (CGRN) provides gardening resources and materials by coordinating the efforts of multiple partner organizations. By making such resources readily available, CGRN removes barriers that otherwise discourage resi­dents from reclaiming open spaces. In this tangible way, CGRN empowers low-income residents to actively revitalize their own communities. Since its development in 2008, CGRN has served an ever-increasing membership, delivering resources to a steadily expanding community of urban gardeners. Despite these successes, challenges remain with respect to funding and staff retention. Our experi­ence replicating the resource network model from Detroit to Baltimore can provide guidance for other groups interested in implementing similar programs.

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Author Biographies

Sarah Krones, Parks & People Foundation
Parks & People Foundation, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 010, Baltimore, MD 21211 USA; tel. +1-301-788-2698. Permanent address: 2329A Oak Drive, Ijamsville, MD 21754 USA.
Shari Edelson, Parks & People Foundation
Parks & People Foundation, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 010, Baltimore, MD 21211 USA; tel. +1-410-448-5663 ext. 114.
Published
2011-04-28
How to Cite
Krones, S., & Edelson, S. (2011). Building Gardens, Rebuilding a City: Baltimore’s Community Greening Resource Network. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(3), 133-149. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2011.013.005