By Abby Rammelkamp It wasn’t news to the crowd at the Fantastic Forests Forum in November: forests are fantastic. One-hundred-twenty scientists, forest stewards and other community members, and staff from nonprofits and government agencies as far away as New York City and China joined Baltimore Green Space to hear about Baltimore’s community forests. For five […]
When we preserved McAllister Park in Greenmount West a few weeks ago, a long-time resident noted, “The sound of children playing in the street is more aggressive; in the park, it’s more adventurous.” What does it take to ensure that a community’s hard work can endure as a lasting refuge? Countless resources and hours of […]
On a Saturday morning in late September, Daisy Sudano-Pellegrini, a forest steward of Fairwood Forest and certified Master Naturalist, waited in a forest clearing wondering whether anyone else would show up. Suddenly, two young boys came running up the road, followed later by 34 more people, making our largest event in one forest yet! The […]
What good is a forest patch? We’ve heard many negative assumptions. Join us on November 9th at our Fantastic Forest Forum to hear why forest patches are important to Baltimore. And for a spoiler, read on for the top five myths about forest patches. Myth: Urban soils are all compacted. Fact: Our study of 22 […]
By Molly McCullagh and Katie Lautar What’s it take to manage a community garden or pocket park? Baltimore Green Space has a front-row view. Accompany us on a virtual tour of 9 sites we preserve, totaling 1.4 acres of garden beds, shaded paths, and a horseshoe pit, as we visit them at the height of the […]
by Abby Rammelkamp Mr. Lewis Sharpe has been gardening at the Duncan Street Miracle Garden for 34 years, improving the neighborhood, beautifying it, and nourishing the neighbors. In addition to the vegetables and fruits that grow there, this year the garden is cultivating another important crop: young people. The teens are employed by the Common […]
By Abby Rammelkamp 2017 marks Baltimore Green Space’s 10-year anniversary! But before the land trust, there was the Homestead Harvest Community Garden, which Baltimore Green Space founder Miriam Avins started with her neighbors in 2004 in a derelict lot next to her house in Better Waverly. If it weren’t for Homestead Harvest, Miriam says, Baltimore […]
Baltimore Green Space holds our first bird banding demonstration By Molly McCullagh & Katie Lautar Colin Studds’ research often takes him to the Caribbean to study migratory song birds that overwinter in Jamaica; this season, he’s more likely to be found in a forest patch in Baltimore City. One chilly Sunday, Baltimore Green Space hosted […]
It’s hard for us to believe…but Baltimore Green Space is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! What do we have to show for it? We’ve preserved 9 community-managed open spaces in neighborhoods from East Baltimore to Pigtown to Hanlon Park to Remington…and more. Our sites are directly connected to more than 180 hands-on community members […]
What happens when Baltimore Green Space, UMBC and the U.S. Forest Service team up to put researchers in Baltimore’s neighborhood forest patches? Only good things – and nobody even got poison ivy! Right now the woods are dormant…enjoy this throwback to our summer. This past summer we surveyed ten community forest patches with the goal […]
They say you don’t appreciate what you’ve got until you lose it – but the residents of Baltimore’s Greenmount West neighborhood are doing their best to stay ahead of the game. McAllister Park steward Cory Adcock-Camp and her neighbors have asked Baltimore Green Space to preserve their fenced-in grassy park where children play and people […]
November was a busy month for forest patches! Baltimore Green Space and three of its forest patches teamed up with the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega of Johns Hopkins University for a vine removal, a planting, and a “trash harvest.” In all, 36 volunteers removed 46 bags of vines and trash, planted 10 native […]
It’s a warm June day on the sidewalk outside Springfield Woods, but it’s 10 degrees cooler inside the woods, where a dozen people are looking upward into the tree branches and listening for bird calls. Was that a catbird call? “No,” says Helene, “it was a mockingbird imitating a catbird.” Welcome to Baltimore Green Space’s […]
Just off the busy intersection at North and Greenmount Avenues is Brentwood Commons, a peaceful park with trees, grass, and flowering shrubs. Since this tiny space was created from the ruins of an abandoned garage, all the alley houses facing it have been rehabbed or purchased for rehab. In West Baltimore just south of Hanlon […]
There never would have been a garden if Warren “Johnny” Shaw hadn’t gotten a summons from Baltimore City in 2008 to clean up an abandoned lot he didn’t even own. In fact, the City owned it, but the lot was an eyesore and Johnny agreed that it needed to be cleaned up.
Like Butch Berry, plenty of people are sad that kids “don’t know how to play in the woods anymore.” But Butch, who leads the restoration of Springfield Woods, is actually doing something about it. He’s pulling out poison ivy and cutting paths, and getting neighbors into the woods to experience nature and get invested.