Big Things Are Happening For Farm Frederick

A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE MY LAST BLOG POST:

1. I moved back to Frederick with my family about a week and a half ago. We were living in Baltimore for the better part of two and a half years and it was time to come back to the place that I consider my home. We found a beautiful rental in a great location downtown and we’re settling in. The best part is, I can walk to the downtown farm plot. Which brings me to another big event that has recently taken place:

2. We have officially signed our written agreement with the Housing Authority allowing us access to our first downtown farm plot. I measured the plot last weekend with my friend Dewey Stewart and it turns out to be a little larger than I had assumed. The plot is close to half an acre in size; a good deal larger than I originally thought it was. That’s awesome news! Below is a video post where I discuss how I went about finding a vacant plot downtown and how I was able to access it for my farm project for free. Any aspiring city farmers out there looking for land, rest assured, it is possible to start a farm with very little money.

3. I was recently asked to speak to a group of upper elementary school children at the Monocacy Valley Montessori Charter School in downtown Frederick. Let me tell you, I had an absolute blast talking with these bright young people. I want to do this more! After spending so many years as a stand-up comedian, it was refreshing to get back on a stage. Only instead of trying to make strangers laugh, I was opening up a dialogue with some very smart young folks in my town about the benefits of farming in a city. Thank you so much to Venus and the rest of the staff at Monocacy Valley. I’m looking forward to having their children come out and spend some time on the farm.

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That’s about it for now. Don’t forget, we’re screening the documentary “Growing Cities” at the Delaplaine on Thursday, May 22nd at 6pm. It’s only $5 to get in and all proceeds go to the Lucas Village Community Garden to help give them some much needed funds for this season. Click here for our eventbrite page, where you can pick up tickets online. Tickets can also be bought at the door. Hope to see you all there.

Till next time.


This blog entry was also published here.