November 30, 2013 by shubham79
Delivered By: Sasha Khawam Naba-Year 2 Design
WHEN and WHO
Real Food Farm is a project made in Baltimore (U.S.) by “Civic Works”, the city’s urban service corps, in 2009. Their mission is to build a future for Baltimore’s youth through community service and skills development, they are focused on community improvement, workforce development, education, and green programs.
Real Food Farm is the result of the interest, work, and passion of many people in Baltimore. This sustainable food system was designedto :
– Develop the local agriculture sector
– Have easier access to healthy food
– Provide an experience-based education
Allows you access to healthy, seasonal, fresh, and pesticide-free food at a reasonable price, creating a local food movement. Thanks to locally grown foods and environmentally-friendly methods, the environment is protected. Real Food Farm also provides hands-on education opportunities to everyone by interacting with the farm through different workshops.
ABOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS
GET FOOD :
– Community Supported Agriculture program (by signing up at the start of a season, you receive a box of fresh food each week)
– Monthly harvests (updated depending on the month)
– Financially sustainable urban farm
– Home delivery service
– Market stops (they only run for 30 to 45 minutes, opportunity to ask for a new market stop)
GET INVOLVED :
– Regular volunteer days (open to public, hosting volunteer groups from schools, offices and community organizations)
– Compost (drop-off stations available to enrich the farm’s soil and keep a sustainable farming system)
GET EDUCATED :
– Interaction with the farm
– Farm club (elementary or middle school)
– Farm lab (outdoor classroom developing lessons based on the existing curriculum of the children in order to meet the standards and goals of the class)
– Internships (paid, interns are involved in the growing, harvesting, and selling, they learn about agriculture, food systems and food justice)
– Field trips
– Service learning projects
WHY IT INSPIRES?
This project inspires me a lot for many reasons. First of all, fresh, high quality food is available within the community and sold directly by farmers to consumers. On the one hand, this means that there is less transport, less refrigeration and less time in storage but also no costs for buildings or electricity since it’s sold outdoor. On the other hand, there is a certain simplicity, immediacy and transparency in the relation farmer/consumer. Not only you get to benefit of fresh nutritious food but you also get to enjoy this great social atmosphere by meeting new individuals and chatting with neighbors which helps maintaining important social ties. This specific project makes it even more interesting than just the fresh market concept since they are open for everything, willing to share their knowledge and even set new market stops to make it easier for you! All in all, Real Food Farm covers a lot of advantages in my opinion.
Although fresh markets are highly beneficial in a lot of ways, it can sometimes be problematic since the foods variety is not always very wide, therefore people that are not willing to adapt their selves to what each season offers will tend to go back to where they usually purchase groceries which means foods filled with GMO’s.