Whitelock Community Farm has had a tremendous first year: starting as a small melon patch in spring 2010, the Farm has since built raised planting beds, hosted a Fall Harvest Festival, constructed a hoophouse for year-round growing, secured the first-ever 5-year adopt-a-lot agreement with Baltimore City, sponsored weekly market days, installed its own water source, and hosted hundreds of students, volunteers, and community members on a site that previously had no activity, color, or life.
Getting the Farm's community bulletin board ready for the weekend (6/2/11)
So far, the Farm has accomplished everything with the help of a few grants, all $5,000 or less, but most contributions have been made through free labor or bartered services from the very generous Reservoir Hill and larger Baltimore community. For the Farm to continue to grow and evolve to match the community's needs, however, it needs more funds at hand to support expanded educational programs, invest in farm infrastructure projects, and start a community composting system.
Turning over the compost at the Farm (5/20/11)
Today we are excited to announce that the Farm is kicking off its first ever fundraising campaign for $10,000. The Farm is using Kickstarter, an online fundraising platform that converts individual pledges of any dollar amount into actual donations only if the project goal is reached, to let people all around the world know about how they can support this worthy project. The Farm worked with New Lens, a Reservoir Hill youth-led arts group, to film a video in support of the fundraising effort:
So to recap: go to the Farm's Kickstarter page, which you can reach here-- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/405310140/whitelock-community-farm-- or by searching "Whitelock Community Farm" at kickstarter.com, make a monetary pledge of any amount, and then if the Farm reaches its goal of $10,000 your pledge will become an actual donation. And tell your friends!