Parks & People Foundation provides technical assistance for community greening projects from gardens to street trees, and publishes the Guide to Greening Neighborhoods. Their twice-yearly small grants program has benefited hundreds of greening projects throughout Baltimore. 410-448-5663, www.parksandpeople.org.
University of Maryland Extension provides technical assistance for community gardens and beautification projects. They can also help with plant selection and providing volunteers. The Home and Garden Info Center: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic, 1-800-342-2507. Master Gardener program: 410-856-1850 x121.
Irvine Nature Center is a non-profit environmental education organization that works with city schools to install native plantings and gardens. www.ExploreNature.org Contact Rick Hobbs: 443-738-9222.
Baltimore Green Space is a land trust for community gardens and other community-managed open spaces throughout the City. www.baltimoregreenspace.org If you want your green space to stay green forever, contact Miriam Avins: 443-695-7504.
Blue Water Baltimore offers activities dedicated to improving Baltimore's urban environment and building sustainable communities. Visit www.bluewaterbaltimore.org. Contact Ashley Traut: 410-254-1577.
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council is dedicated to the equitable revitalization of the communities south of Druid Hill Park in northwest Baltimore City. Visit www.reservoirhill.net. Contact Teddy Krolik: 410-225-7547.
Baltimore City Office of Sustainability recently developed a city-wide Sustainability Plan to engage Baltimore in a discussion on sustainability, inventory programs, prioritize sustainability goals, and serve as a roadmap for future campaigns. Visit www.baltimoresustainability.org. Contact Alice Kennedy, Sustainability Coordinator: 410-396-1670.
Baltimore Free Farm is committed to creating ecologically sound alternatives by combining the best of age-old and modern technologies. Baltimore Free Farm strives to promote urban agriculture, sustainability, and permaculture through the creation of community green spaces which utilize reclaimed materials whenever possible. Contact Baltimore Free Farm at 410-575-4BFF, visit www.baltimorefreefarm.org.
Baltimore Green Works is a volunteer-driven organization. Its purpose is to increase awareness about how local residents can make the Baltimore region cleaner and environmentally safer for all who live and work here. BGW also organizes EcoFest. CGRN has partnered with BGW to host and promote events. Visit www.baltimoregreenworks.com.
Baltimore Orchard Project is a diverse group of people and organizations who have joined together to plant, grow, and glean fruit throughout the neighborhoods of Baltimore. The CGRN coordinator is a member of the Advisory Board for the new initiative. In 2012, we attempted to create educational opportunities for fruit tree planting and maintenance. Visit www.baltimoreorchard.org.
Baltimore Recreation and Parks is a government agency dedicated to providing diverse recreational, environmental, cultural, educational and leisure opportunities that will benefit the current and future generations of Baltimore City. The department has provided in-kind resources for CGRN events. Contact Baltimore Recreation and Parks at (410) 396-7900 or visit www.baltimorecity.gov/recnparks.
Citizens Planning and Housing Association brings about a healthy, inclusive Baltimore by bringing together people and neighborhoods to create innovative solutions to challenging community-wide problems and empowering citizens with information and skills for advocacy and organizing. CPHA advertises CGRN events on their website and mailing list. We have partnered together to host a “greening” related Activate Your Inner Citizen University (a half day training). Visit www.cphabaltimore.org for more information.
JHU Center for a Livable Future focuses on the interconnections among diet, health, food production, the environment, population and equity. This office is based at Johns Hopkins University. We work together to promote events. Visit www.jhsph.edu/clf/.
Power in Dirt is a mayoral initiative seeking to revitalize vacant lots in the City through volunteer engagement and community building. Visit www.powerindirt.com.
Real Food Farm works toward a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector. We have partnered to host events, workshop and volunteer work days. Call (410) 366-8533 ext 203 or visit www.realfoodfarm.org.
TreeBaltimore is a mayoral initiative spearheaded by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. This program strives to increase the urban tree canopy through the establishment, management, and preservation of trees. TreeBaltimore provides trees for CGRN Give-Away Days. We have partnered together to host tree plantings. Visit www.treebaltimore.org for more information.
Urban Farmhouse Edible Landscaping is a business dedicated to planning, installing, and maintaining sustainable, food-producing gardens and edible landscapes in Baltimore, Maryland. Urban Farmhouse offers a range of services, from basic consultations to full-service seed-to-harvest maintenance. Visit www.urbanfarmhouseonline.com for more information.