Cheers from the bus crew! We are here in Baltimore finishing up a great week of work here in the city. For the past six days, we have been introduced to the community at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, have volunteered at Kayam Farms, visited the Visionary Art Museum, and helped develop a local community garden. Specifically over the last few days we have spent time getting to know Hasdai and Leighann, the garden directors and visionaries for Exeter Gardens. They are wonderful people, and we were lucky enough to be involved in such a cool and innovative urban garden site.
Exeter Garden is located in a densely populated neighborhood on Exeter Street near the Inner Harbor and Little Italy areas of downtown Baltimore. The site is accessible to a variety of surrounding neighborhoods and community members. Throughout our work at Exeter Gardens, we were able to work with local teens from the neighborhood and brainstorm with them to create both a funky art space and a fruitful vegetable garden. Throughout our workday, we painted a mural on the sidewalks of the site, we built raised garden beds out of recycled palettes and we transplanted vegetable starts from our bus garden. It has been a rewarding and fulfilling last few days and we are sad to be leaving the
Baltimore area this weekend. On Sunday, July 8, we are off to Philadelphia for another week of urban garden builds. Stay tuned!