Real Food Farm: A Pop-Up, Mobile Farmer's Market
A large portion of Baltimore city residents live in a "food desert." Grocery stores aren’t close by. Many people do not have a car and cannot easily reach a store with fresh fruits or vegetables.
In the middle of this food desert, however, is Real Food Farm, an urban agricultural initiative located on six acres of land in Clifton Park, a Baltimore city park surrounded by roughly 35,000 inner city residents.
Through this realization, our initial design challenge was born: How do we connect these people living around the park with limited access to fresh, healthy foods to the Farm?
The Center for Design Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), a multi-disciplinary studio engaging students and outside partners in socially conscious projects, worked with Real Food Farm to research and design a way to increase food access.'>
Real Food Farm was the perfect initiative to partner with because of our shared values and vision in the viability of urban agriculture. Launched in October 2009, Real Food Farm works toward a just and sustainable food system in Northeast Baltimore.
After weeks of research, community engagement, and hands-on experience at the Farm, we came to the consensus that it would be much more effective to take the Farm to the people as opposed to expecting the people to come to the farm and that’s where the idea of the Mobile Market originated.