Pigtown Food for Thought (PFFT), a community group that strives to improve access to healthy food and raise consciousness about food injustices, has been in South Baltimore for the last four years. PFFT opened its first garden at the corner of 1134 Carroll St., which sits at the corner of Ostend St., four growing season ago and now is in process of opening its second garden at 1331 Carroll St. The group also has a small butterfly garden on Ward St.
With the help of Parks & People, PFFT has adopted the new property, which includes a large paved area as well as a basketball court. The group will be repainting the basketball court and ripping out a 30′ by 30′ section of the asphalt for the new garden. The garden will be created with the help of many volunteer hours, tools from the nearby Baltimore Toolbank, and funding from the existing garden. PFFT has also applied for some grants.
After tearing out the asphalt section, PFFT will bring in approximately $1,000 worth of soil and hire a contractor to construct a new fence. Work on the project began last Saturday as volunteers worked to remove some of the asphalt. PFFT is hoping to have the new garden, which will have space for 15 community gardeners, open in late May.
“These gardens bring healthy food into the neighborhood and brings people together,” said Charlotte Keniston of PFFT.
PFFT is also launching a Thursday evening farmer’s market this June which will run through October. The farmer’s market will feature outdoor vendors, cooking demonstrations, food trucks, and various activities. PFFT is still working to finalize a space for the market.
Photos Courtesy of PFFT’s Facebook Page