All field trips begin and end at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel
(903 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204)
Friday, November 8, 2019
Kids, Community, and Love in Baltimore City (Trip A)
9:00 am - 5:00 PM
$35 includes lunch
Visit three farms that are building healthy communities in Baltimore City. Start by shadowing a visiting school group at Great Kids Farm, a 33-acre outdoor learning laboratory that provides over 3,000 Baltimore City Public Schools students annually with hands-on, real world experiences. The Farm engages students from pre-kindergarten through graduation in programs that begin with experiential learning visits and culminate in career pathways. Next, visit Whitelock Community Farm, a vibrant open space that transformed a vacant lot into an urban farm with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Whitelock increases access to healthy, affordable food and promotes dialogue about food access, neighborhood development, and environmental justice. Finally, a tour of Strength to Love II a community based program in west Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood will introduce you to a 1.5 acre farm where citizens returning to the community from incarceration find employment.
2016 Farm-Based Education Learning Journey with Something Good In the World, Cold Spring, NY
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Food Sovereignty and Green Spaces in Washington, D.C (Trip B)
Saturday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
$25, no lunch provided. (Field trip will stop the 14th St., NW and U St., NW Farmers’ Market where you can purchase your own)
Travel to Washington, D.C. to immerse yourself in two innovative programs with community engagement at the heart. City Blossoms collaborates with community stakeholders to create holistic, accessible green spaces for people of all ages, with a particular focus on low-income communities and Latino, African-American, and immigrant youth. In every green space that City Blossoms builds and maintains, they work to incorporate each element so that children and youth can use their intellect, creativity, and energy to grow fantastic and functional gardens. This trip will tour two of their green spaces (one at a school), where City Blossoms hosts free and affordable kid-focused programming. Soilful City, also located in Washington, D.C. seeks to bring justice to communities and heal the sacred relationship between communities of African descent and Mother earth. Soilful views farming not only as a way to cultivate food and sovereignty for communities, but as a way to heal and rebuild our souls. Through compost trainings, value-added food production, and creating garden-spaces for meeting, founder and D.C. native, Xavier Brown works in solidarity with under resourced communities to develop a collective consciousness about restoring bodies, families, communities, and the land in which they live and to create a harmony among individuals, communities, and the natural world.
A School-Based Farm, A Leader in Animal Welfare, and A Space for Revitalization (Trip C)
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$35 includes lunch
Drive into the hills of Central Maryland and find three exciting projects, quite different from one another. Roots Farm is a thriving agricultural space and an exciting outdoor classroom located on the edge of The McDonogh School campus, a nondenominational, college preparatory school for students from prekindergarten through twelfth grade. The farm (including four beehives and a small flock of chickens) brings students into contact with the natural world and serves as a dynamic acknowledgment of McDonogh’s heritage as a farm school. Next visit Days End Horse Rescue, a volunteer-based animal welfare organization established in 1989 that has grown from a small non-profit sheltering a few horses to a full-scale, well-respected national rescue and rehabilitation facility sheltering 110 to 150 horses annually and providing education and community outreach. Finally, the field trip will bring us to Fox Haven, a farm, ecological retreat and learning center, and wildlife sanctuary situated in the rolling Piedmont hills of Maryland. Fox Haven offers a wide variety of speakers, on-going programs, activities for kids, family gatherings and celebrations, and provides an atmosphere that allows people to slow down, reflect and learn to hear their inner voice, each other and the voice of the land.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Horticultural Therapy and Job Opportunities at Two Maryland Farms (Trip F)
Sunday: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
$30, no lunch provided
Talmar Farm is an innovative horticultural therapy center producing potted plants, fresh herbs, vegetables, cut flowers and eggs in Baltimore County. Their farm serves as a therapeutic, vocational, and educational environment designed for individuals with disabilities or chronic conditions that impact their health and well-being. An hour away, is Red Wiggler Community Farm, is a sustainable farm where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food. Founded in 1996 to address the need for meaningful jobs and healthy food for adults with developmental disabilities, Red Wiggler's programs have grown organically to serve the needs of their community. Today they serve 325 adults with disabilities, 150 youth with disabilities, and 400 youth without disabilities.
Washington Youth Garden and a Vibrant Farmers’ Market (Trip H)
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
$30, no lunch provided. Field Trip will stop at the Dupont Farmers’ Market where you can purchase lunch.
Washington Youth Garden has been nurturing curious minds and healthy bodies by connecting youth to food, the land, and each other for 48 years. Founded by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, they are a program of the Friends of the National Arboretum and partner closely with DC Public Schools and local nonprofits to deliver their Garden Science program, a Green Ambassadors paid summer high school internship, Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, a comprehensive initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama. This field trip takes you from Baltimore to the Dupont Farmers’ Market in Washington, D.C. then one of Washington Youth Garden’s many sites, and back again - a straightforward itinerary not to be missed. Lunch is not included but can be purchased at the farmers’ market.
Summer Camp Adventures (Trip I)
Sunday: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
$35, lunch included
Calleva is known as an innovator in outdoor education, with 100+ school and community partners in the DC metropolitan area. Founded by three brothers in 2003, Calleva has developed its own brand of outdoor adventure that encompasses summer camp, wilderness educational experiences, environmental education and small-scale sustainable farming. They take participants off site to parks, trails, rivers and rocks in our region as well as offering programming on their 200-acre educational farm in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. In addition to summer camp and school programs, they offer a 10-week early childhood program blends ‘fun on the farm’ with ‘Forest School’ philosophy, horseback riding lessons for kids of all ages, and on-farm dining at their monthly Dirty Dinner events. The Calleva farm is a one hour 20 minute bus ride from the Sheraton Baltimore North, but the ride is beautiful!