Community gardens in the Baltimore/Annapolis area
Read on for a list of a few family-friendly community gardens in the Baltimore/Annapolis area. Call or email about availability:
Chesapeake Bounty, St. Leonard
A little different from other community gardens, gardeners volunteer to work the entire garden instead of farming individual plots. In exchange for four volunteer hours, gardeners receive a half bushel of produce twice a month. Participation is free, but there is a waiting list.
Kinder Farm Park
Cost: $40 per 20-by-30-foot plot
Kinder Farm offers 130 spots, which fill quickly; currently there is a waiting list. Growing season is March 1 through Dec. 1, and a variety of fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers are grown. Also on the property, beekeepers manage hives, which allows for good pollination. The community garden is organic, so pesticides and chemicals are not allowed.
Howard County Conservancy Community Garden, Woodstock
Cost: $45 for season per 20-by-25-foot plot plus a $125 entrance fee. Eight hours of community garden work outside an individual plot also required.
The Howard Conservancy Community Garden offers 70 full plots, but there is a waiting list. Only organic pesticides are permitted in the community garden and a separate pollinator garden is maintained to attract beneficial insects and wildlife. Workshops and lectures are offered to gardeners, and donations of produce are often made to the Howard County Food Bank.
Columbia Gardeners’ Inc., Columbia
Cost: $45 for 20-by-25-foot plot. For a plot in one of the organic gardens, a $110 entrance fee is required.
Columbia Gardeners Inc., in partnership with Howard County Recreation and Parks, maintains about 600 plots at three community gardens: Elkhorn, Long Reach and West Side. There is a waiting list for the plots, but usually plots open within a year.
Gardeners are asked to maintain their plots and plant before May 15. Information is posted on bulletin boards about when to plant and harvest certain plants.
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation offers a handful of community gardens, with plots of different sizes and costs ranging from $30-$55. The gardens are organic, though organic pesticides can be used with approval of the site managers. Plots are available at Cherry Hill in College Park, Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Old Landover Hills in Landover, and Walker Mill in Capital Heights. Plots are available from March 1 to Dec. 1.
Cost: $40 for each 3.5-by-12-foot plot
Located at the former recreation and parks building on the corner of Compromise and Newman streets in downtown Annapolis, the City Dock Community Garden offers 22 plots at the only community garden in downtown Annapolis. The garden is organic and there is often a waiting list.
Photo above: Teo Moon in his garden.