Pop! Farm is a volunteer-run community garden in Southwest Baltimore with support from Southwest Partnership, the University of Maryland, Baltimore - Office of Community Engagement, and Baltimore City Public Schools.
In the mid-1990's, Delegate Ruth M. Kirk (District 44) of the Maryland General Assembly established a community garden at a vacant lot at 14 North Schroeder Street. Throughout the years, different community members and entities helped to maintain the space. The current iteration, under the name of Pop! Farm, was established in 2012:
Promote interest in sustainable urban agriculture as method of community development
Present opportunities for children/families to participate in growing, harvesting & preparing vegetables in a community setting
Empower individuals in food decision-making & encourage healthy eating practices
In spring 2021, Pop! Farm relocated to the campus of the Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High School. The adult alternative school was named after Francis M. Wood, Baltimore's Director of Negro Schools from 1925 to 1943.
The continued support of our neighbors, the larger community, and our fiscal and administrative partners (the Southwest Partnership and the University of Maryland, Baltimore's Office of Community Engagement, respectively), allows us to provide a safe and comfortable place outdoors in Southwest Baltimore for all community members to promote health, build community, and use their imaginations. Pop! Farm is also a community garden member of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore.
Pop! Farm is guided by ideals of equitable land sovereignty, racial equity, and addressing food aparthied. We are a space that welcomes all people regardless of race, gender expression, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and immigration status.
Pop! Farm provides a safe, comfortable place outdoors in Southwest Baltimore for all community members to promote health, build community, and use their imaginations.
We would like to acknowledge that we are convening on the ancestral homeland of the Piscataway and Susquehannock peoples. Over time, citizens of many more indigenous nations have come to reside in this region. We humbly offer our respects to all past, present, and future indigenous people connected to this place.