2011 National Food Day in Reservoir Hill

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Gathering the crowd for the Food Day press conference with Mayor Rawlings-Blake at the Farm (10/24/11)

On Monday 10/24, Reservoir Hill celebrated Food Day with a special press conference featuring Mayor Rawlings-Blake at Whitelock Community Farm and a mock farmers' market at John Eager Howard Elementary School. Established in 2011, Food Day is a nationwide event that "seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way."

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Starting in 2007, when Kids on the Hill published a report on the challenges to accessing healthy food in Reservoir Hill, RHIC has been interested in bringing residents together to plan and execute strategies that would raise awareness about nutrition and food security. Whitelock Community Farm is a terrific example of a resident-run project that seeks to improve community health through community-based urban farming, and we are very proud that Mayor Rawlings-Blake chose the Farm to host Baltimore's Food Day kick-off event.

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Elisa Lane, Whitelock Community Farm manager, speaks at the press conference (10/24/11)

The press conference, which included Baltimore City Department of Planning Director Tom Stosur, Baltimore City Commissioner of Health Dr. Oxiris Barbot, United Way Healthy Food Access Initiative Molly Shattuck, and Baltimore City Food Policy Director Holly Freishtat, RHIC Associate Director Rick Gwynallen, and Whitelock Community Farm manager Elisa Lane, highlighted the importance of food as the basis for healthy residents and communities.

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You can check out the media coverage, including interviews with Elisa Lane, Whitelock Community Farm manager, and Chartruse Robinson, President of the RHIC Board of Directors, here:

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CBS National Food Day

Meanwhile, just down Brookfield Ave. at John Eager Howard Recreation Center, University of Maryland Extension School sponsored a mock farmers' market for students to taste various fruits and vegetables. Students are already taking care of broccoli, kale, and cauliflower in their new raised planter boxes, and on Monday every student went home with his or her own vegetable seedlings planted in dirt cups and each classroom will now have a small vegetable seedling tray.

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