Baltimore Free Farm

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

  • Last updated: January 15, 2019 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 12, 2015

Mission Statement

Baltimore Free Farm is committed to creating ecologically sound alternatives by combining the best technologies of modern and age-old practices. Baltimore Free Farm strives to promote urban agriculture, sustainability, and permaculture through the creation of green spaces and community sanctuaries which utilize reclaimed materials whenever possible. By providing entertainment, educational opportunities, and ethically produced food to local residents, we hope to instill a sense of pride in one’s community and its ability to sustain itself.

Community Description

Baltimore Free Farm is an egalitarian collective of gardeners and activists who aim to provide access to healthy food for all.

Horizontal Housing Co. is a non-stock corporation formed by members of Baltimore Free Farm in 2013. Because Baltimore Free Farm is a project under the umbrella of the 501-c3 organization Fusion Partnerships, it cannot collectively purchase property. The sole purpose of Horizontal Housing Co. is to purchase property for utilization by Baltimore Free Farm members as either gardening space or housing. In 2012, our good friend and Baltimore Free Farm member Paul Pojman passed away, leaving behind a house which BFF collective members lived in but did not own. Working in conjunction with Paul’s family members and NASCO, an organization which helps co-ops and housing collectives purchase property, Horizontal Housing was able to purchase this property and continue housing several BFF members on campus.

In addition, Horizontal Housing was able to purchase two lots from the city that are a part of Baltimore Free Farm’s gardening space. Like much of Hampden, these lots were under threat of housing development before Horizontal Housing was awarded the rights to purchase the land and it will now remain part of our garden for many years to come.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Adult Members: 15
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Send us an email!

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    To be considered for organizing committee membership, new volunteers must attend one scheduled workday per week, and attend either two bi-weekly organizing meetings per month, or one organizing meeting and one BFF subcommittee meeting per month. After three months of participation, the current committee may then vote on issuing collective membership to the volunteer. Consensus must be reached among all existing members in order to add new members to the organizing committee.

  • Additional Comments:

    In addition to Baltimore Free Farm membership, local residents may gain access to our warehouse, garden or other spaces for use on personal or community projects by applying for key holder status. Examples of key-holders include people who host workshops out of our warehouse space, and various community members working on their own projects. Key-holder membership does not have any requirements as far as attending meetings or workdays, however we do request a periodic update on the project you are working on at Baltimore Free Farm.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We believe that hierarchical systems of organizing are damaging to our lives, our minds and our relationships. In an egalitarian collective, we do our best to create an environment where everyone is valued equally. We value the input of all collective members and encourage honest discussion. Our decision-making process is consensus-based and we allow the voices of all members to be heard.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We have not yet begun sharing income, but since we will start soon, we want new collective members who are open to this idea.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Buddhist
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Point A, NASCO

Community Affiliations

Horizontal Housing

Keywords

egalitarian, farming, garden, urban, activist, art, permaculture, punk, queer