(Photo credit: Howard P. Fink)
By bus or bicycle, the Parks & People Foundation is offering an opportunity this weekend to explore some of the farms and gardens of Baltimore — with a locally produced dinner tossed in for incentive.
The 3rd Annual Charm City Farm & Garden Tour (& Party) launches Saturday afternoon from the Cylburn Arboretum on Greenspring Avenue. The post-tour party after returning to Cylburn, includes live entertainment from Her Fantastic Cats and the folk band Oust. There’s also state fair-style produce contests and awards for outstanding gardens (judged by master gardeners) throughout the city.
Hampden’s Dogwood Restaurant, Woodberry Kitchen, The Chameleon restaurant in Lauraville, Mom’s Organic Market, along with the Three Springs Fruit Farm, are among those helping out with the big meal.
Parks & People staffer Katie Dix says she expects about 40 people each for the bus and bicycle tours, and roughly 200 overall for the after-party at Cylburn. Each of the tours lasts three hours — the bike tour is shorter, distance-wise, covering eight miles — and visits eight gardens and farms around the city, including the Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future’s aquaponics facility at the arboretum.
Bicycle tour leaders are expected include the Farm Alliance’s Maya Kosok, Patricia Foster of the University of Maryland Extension, master gardener Derek Joost, Baltimore Heritage’s Eli Pousson and Chrissa Carlson of Urban Farmhouse.
Tours depart from Cylburn at 2 p.m., with the garden party beginning at 5 p.m. It’s $15 for the bike tour, $20 for the bus and $2 for the party. Space is limited on the bus tour and RSVP’s are requested across the board. For more information and to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 448-5663 x128.
The Charm City Farm & Garden Tour is held in partnership with Baltimore Green Space, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, CGRN (Community Greening Resource Network), the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City, University of Maryland Extension (UME) and UME Baltimore City Master Gardeners.