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overlea mural painted by local artist Kimberly King

Baltimore City’s Request for Proposal

In September 2022, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to develop the lots at 6635 and 6643 Walter Avenue as a site for urban agriculture. Proposals were submitted and in April community members heard from these three candidates that met the DHCD’s requirements:

  1. Piper Phillips Caswell, SpringForward Farms: This nonprofit proposed 4 permanent hydroponic greenhouses. The 8-14 jobs created by this proposal are intended for those with mental health/behavior barriers.
  2. Versammy Family, NV Organics: As farmers from Guiana now residing in Baltimore, they have maxed out their current crop capacity and would like to buy the property to expand their endeavors, donating their surpluses to churches/food pantries and their neighbors.
  3. Baltimore Compost Collective: Currently operational in Curtis Bay, they want a second location. They collect food scraps for composting at the Filbert Street Community Garden. It is used to grow fresh produce, build urban food security and develop a youth workforce training program. This proposal should be decided upon in May and the OCA will let the community know the outcome.

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