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Future Baltimore launches west Baltimore agriculture program

The Sisters of Bon Secours join in the fun to celebrate the launch of the Future Baltimore Mobile Market and Community Supported Agriculture program. From left are Sr. Mary Shimo, Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS); Shakira Foster, with Bon Secours Clean and Green Landscaping; and Sr. Anne Lutz, CBS. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

The Sisters of Bon Secours join in the fun to celebrate the launch of the Future Baltimore Mobile Market and Community Supported Agriculture program. From left are Sr. Mary Shimo, Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS); Shakira Foster, with Bon Secours Clean and Green Landscaping; and Sr. Anne Lutz, CBS. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Giant paper flowers brings a smile from Anita Crockett, office manager with Bon Secours Community Works. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Giant paper flowers brings a smile from Anita Crockett, office manager with Bon Secours Community Works. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Urban Farmer Tim Douglas harvests red Russian kale from the Bon Secours Urban Farm and Community Garden. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Urban Farmer Tim Douglas harvests red Russian kale from the Bon Secours Urban Farm and Community Garden. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

The Bon Secours Community Works and Future Baltimore teams pose with Baltimore Police Sgt. Arthur Page Jr., who stopped by to support the launch of the Future Baltimore Mobile Market. From left are Colin Smith, Community Works; Maha Sampath, Community Works; Destiny- Simone Ramjohn, Kaiser Permanente; Baltimore Police Sgt. Page Jr.; Tona Craviotto, Community Works; and Yolanda Jiggetts, Community Works. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

The Bon Secours Community Works and Future Baltimore teams pose with Baltimore Police Sgt. Arthur Page Jr., who stopped by to support the launch of the Future Baltimore Mobile Market. From left are Colin Smith, Community Works; Maha Sampath, Community Works; Destiny- Simone Ramjohn, Kaiser Permanente; Baltimore Police Sgt. Page Jr.; Tona Craviotto, Community Works; and Yolanda Jiggetts, Community Works. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

A volunteer from Celebrate US Workforce Training describes the fresh produce available at the Future Baltimore Mobile Market launch. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

A volunteer from Celebrate US Workforce Training describes the fresh produce available at the Future Baltimore Mobile Market launch. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

A volunteer from Celebrate US Workforce Training guides a child on how to plant seeds. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

A volunteer from Celebrate US Workforce Training guides a child on how to plant seeds. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Urban Farmer Rich Kolm harvests greens at the Bon Secours Urban Farm and Community Garden. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Urban Farmer Rich Kolm harvests greens at the Bon Secours Urban Farm and Community Garden. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Urban farmer Tim Douglas attended the Mobile Market launch at Bon Secours Community Works with his fiancée and 6-month-old son. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Urban farmer Tim Douglas attended the Mobile Market launch at Bon Secours Community Works with his fiancée and 6-month-old son. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Photo 12: Bon Secours Manager-FPNA Tricia Miley works at the craft table with her children during the Future Baltimore Mobile Market launch at the Bon Secours Urban Farm and Community Garden. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Photo 12: Bon Secours Manager-FPNA Tricia Miley works at the craft table with her children during the Future Baltimore Mobile Market launch at the Bon Secours Urban Farm and Community Garden. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

A Mobile Market truck will deliver produce source from Bon Secours’ urban farm and the Maryland Food Bank to west Baltimore community members at cost or a discounted rate. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

A Mobile Market truck will deliver produce source from Bon Secours’ urban farm and the Maryland Food Bank to west Baltimore community members. (Photo by Amy Deputy)

Future Baltimore, a flagship partnership for west Baltimore between Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, Kaiser Permanente, the Anchor Group and other community partners, launched a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and a new mobile market service May 4 to provide residents with better access to healthy, nutritious foods.

The first phase of the initiative, the CSA program, is available for families in the 21223 ZIP code. Participating families receive fresh produce from Bon Secours Community Works’ Urban Farm and Community Garden every week.

Additionally, the families can participate in a variety of activities to learn about healthy eating and fresh produce including an education day with the farmers to see and learn more about where the produce comes from as well as cooking and education classes to learn how to prepare the produce in healthy, tasty recipes.

The Future Baltimore team also visits the families’ kitchens to show them how to use items they already have at home to prepare recipes with the produce.

These programs are intended to ease access to healthy foods for families who are experiencing food insecurity and have limited transportation to grocery stores and places where fresh, nutritious foods are available.

Following the launch of the CSA program, Future Baltimore will activate a mobile market—a social enterprise that will become a sustainable produce source for west Baltimore. The market will make produce from Bon Secours’ urban farm  available to community members at cost or a discounted rate. The Maryland Food Bank is also a supporting partner of the effort to help feed residents in the 21223 community.

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