In ten years, Real Food Farm has grown to three sites and over eight acres. In northeast Baltimore City, our Clifton Park and Perlman Place sites are just a tenth of a mile from one another and show how urban farming can operate on a big or a small scale! Just 30 minutes north of the city, Real Food Farm at Little Gunpowder in Monkton is a traditional farm practicing all the best practices in modern sustainable agriculture.

Clifton Park site

In 2009, we broke ground in Clifton Park and began Real Food Farm. Since then we’ve grown to cover about 6 acres of land in the park. This site is home to 8 hoophouses, 4 outdoor fields, a sensory garden, and 100+ fruit trees. We’ve also built an education/events pavilion and a small greenhouse for our seedlings. As a resource for other urban farms, this site is also home to a large gas-heated greenhouse and solar-powered walk-in refrigerator that is used by ourselves and other members of  the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City!

This site is home to our seasonal produce subscription program (or CSA), our Compost Co-op, and many other special events that can be found on our public calendar here.

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From 83

Take I-83 to 28th St Exit E
Right on Huntingdon Ave
Straight onto 25th St
Left on Harford Rd
Right onto St Lo Drive, into Clifton Park
Left into Lake Clifton High School Campus
When you enter the school driveway, stay to the right/south side of the school to find the farm – you’ll see the hoophouses!

From 33rd St.

Take 33rd St E
Right on The Alameda, crossing Harford Rd. onto St Lo Drive, into Clifton Park
Left into Lake Clifton High School Campus
When you enter the school driveway, stay to the right/south side of the school to find the farm – you’ll see the hoophouses!

From 95 (from the North)

Take 95 S
Take 695 to Harford Rd S
Take Harford Rd S
Left onto St Lo Drive, into Clifton Park
Left into Lake Clifton High School Campus
When you enter the school driveway, stay to the right/south side of the school to find the farm – you’ll see the hoophouses!

Perlman Place site

In 2014, we expanded our growing space in the city by taking on a collection of vacant lots around the corner from Clifton Park. We now have about 2 acres of growing space on Perlman Place off North Avenue. In partnership with the Civic Works Community Lot Team, we developed this space into a hub of activity.

We created 2 production fields which were enriched by adding compost and growing special plants (cover crops) that are able to take nutrients/elements from the air and store it in their roots so it feeds the soil (i.e. buckwheat, clover, rye grass, sorghum). We installed perennial beds to help reduce our stormwater runoff, attract pollinators, and beautify the farm. Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project also helped us plant an orchard containing 46 fig trees, 10 Asian pears, and 4 Asian persimmons. This site is also home to our Community Garden and Croppy Hour Volunteer Day!

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From Real Food Farm Clifton

Head SW on St Lo Dr toward Sinclair Lane, out of Clifton Park
Left at stop light onto Sinclair Lane
Continue for two blocks until Perlman Place – the farm is on the south side of Sinclair Lane.

Little Gunpowder site

Little Gunpowder Farm was established in 2013 by Civic Works, Inc. The site was named after the Little Gunpowder River, which flows through the woods next to our farm fields. The Little Gunpowder River watershed provides us with well water, which we deliver to our crops via drip irrigation. This system helps protect the Little Gunpowder River and Chesapeake Bay by minimizing wasted water and runoff. The farm serves residents of the Baltimore area by providing high-quality vegetables at an affordable price, while prioritizing environmental stewardship of the land.

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From Baltimore City
Take I-83 North, merging onto I-695, and then back onto I-83. Take Exit 18 for West Warren Road, towards Cockeysville. Turn left onto York Road and go for about a mile, then turn right onto 145 East, also called Ashland Road. Follow for 4.7 miles, then take a left onto Old York Road. This is where it gets tricky! After 2 and a half miles, take a left to stay on Old York, then a half mile later, take a right to stay on Old York. Go 2.3 miles and stay to the right to remain on Old York. Continue .2 mile, and the farm will be on your left. You’ll see our sign at the end of the driveway.