About Our Farm
There is a significant need for fresh, healthy food across Baltimore. 20% of Baltimore City residents live in a food desert, defined as an area with low availability of healthy food, lack of access to transportation, and a significant distance from a supermarket. The Cherry Hill neighborhood is located in a food desert, and one long-time neighborhood resident was tired of seeing her community suffer from the health consequences of low healthy food access.
Inspired to find a solution, 73-year old Juanita Ewell decided to start a garden. Her driving goal has always been, as she says, “to save the community.” In 2010, she secured a 1.5 acre site on unused City property to provide fresh produce to neighborhood residents and to teach the community to “Eat Health Live Healthy.” By converting an abandoned lot into growing space, she took a huge step toward transforming Cherry Hill’s food environment.
A committed team of volunteer farm managers have contributed to the garden over the years by sharing their experience growing organic food. The growing space has expanded from four raised beds to 24 raised beds, 16 50-foot rows, 1 high tunnel, 5 mobility boxes, and a sensory herb garden.
Juanita passed away in February 2015, and the Cherry Hill Urban Garden continues on in her memory. Joanna Winkler, along with a committed team of volunteers, continue to provide food, education, and hands-on volunteer experience to the Cherry Hill community.
Founding Member Profile: Juanita Ewell
Juanita was a Cherry Hill native, Cherry Hill Development Corporation Board Member, grandmother and avid home gardener whose dream for the community in 2010 started the Cherry Hill Urban Garden. She was very interested in eating and living healthy, community service, and the food security movement in Cherry Hill.
Farmer Profile: David “Frog”
David “Frog” – Cherry Hill native, youngest of twelve, community volunteer, and Juanita’s right hand man. Frog started volunteering alongside Juanita in 2012 with relatively no experience and over two years became an invaluable team member, and most importantly an invested community member. He’s very glad his interest in the garden has kept him busy.
Where We Grow
900 Cherry Hill Road (at Veronica Ave.), Baltimore, MD 21218
Where We Sell
We sell our produce on-site every Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June – October, offering Double Dollars for EBT and WIC customers. As a member of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, we also sell produce at the 32nd St. Farmers Market and to wholesale customers. We take pride in growing high-quality produce with strictly organic growing practices. By purchasing from Cherry Hill Urban Garden, you are not only receiving fresh produce to serve to your customers: you are supporting our efforts to “save the community.”
Volunteer With Us!
Come help out on Saturday mornings, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We also offer field trips and special volunteer hours for large groups, on request.
In 2015, the Garden is partnering with Growing Resources After Sowing Seeds (GRASS), a youth and young adult entrepreneurial workforce development non-profit program based on the fundamentals of gardening, agriculture and ecology. We are also providing produce for cooking classes at St. Veronica’s Church in Cherry Hill.