Chesapeake Conservation Partnership members work to conserve farms, forests, habitat, heritage and human health. One key goal is “protecting the Chesapeake watershed’s productive farms and prime farmland from conversion and securing space for urban farming to ensure permanent, sustainable ‘close to home’ sources of food for the region’s population and to support the economic and cultural value of our working farms and farmers.”
The Baltimore Sun reports this week that urban farming is looking to grow in our region in the coming year. Gotham Greens, headquartered in New York, plans to open a 100,000 square foot greenhouse at Sparrow’s Point, a former steel mill site in Baltimore County. The facility, projected to employ sixty workers, will supply produce for restaurants and food services in the mid-Atlantic states. Read more.