Abandoned parking lot turned into hoop house gardens

Could an abandoned parking lot soon be converted into an oasis of health? That’s what a group of northeast Baltimore residents are working on Thursday as they gathered to construct two large hoop house gardens amid the blight and vacant houses of Aisquith Street near North Avenue. The new urban garden will consist of a pair of 20-by-96-foot beds, said Ally Schonfeld, 23, the project manager and a recent graduate of Goucher College. Schonfeld said as soon as the frames are completed, plastic will be placed over the asphalt and then woodchips, to help contain the nutrients of the soil that will go on next. Within a week, there will be the beginnings of crops there, she predicted. The project is sponsored by the faith-based Lamb Inc. and the Ark Church, which is located nearby at 1263 E. North Ave. EVI Inc., a local investment group headed by Ernst Valery, is also a sponsor.

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