The Upper Fell’s Point Community garden (1827 E Pratt St.) was initially three empty lots. Two were owned by the Mayor and City Council and one was privately owned. They had literally become trash dumps with a thriving rat population.
Then in the summer of 1987, the UFPIA took the initiative to steward the abandoned lots and created a community garden and green space. In 2009, with the help of community residents and Baltimore Green Space (a community managed land trust), the lots were purchased and are now a permanent green space. It is the only open green space in our community and is totally organic.
Over the years, the garden has won numerous gardening awards from the University of Maryland Extension – in 2017, our community garden won first place for best overall vegetable and ornamental garden. In addition, in the 2019 individual contest, UFPIA’s pepper won first place in the Too Pretty To Eat produce category and first place for their veggie centerpiece.
The community garden provides habitat and food for many beneficial insects and birds and we celebrate National Honey Bee Day in August. (For a listing of the best plants with high levels of nectar and pollen, click here.) The garden space has been used by the community as an activity center for various events such as pumpkin carving and haunted garden for Halloween, potluck cook-out, happy hours, progressive dinner party, etc. and was included on the 2019 Charm City Farm and Garden bus tour, the 2013 and 2017 Charm City Farm and Garden Bicycle Tour, and the 2012 Charm City Farm and Garden Bus Tour.
UFPIA received two Neighborhood Greening Grants (from Parks n’ People Foundation, Baltimore City Dept. of Rec and Parks Forestry Division, Cleaner Greener Baltimore Initiative, Baltimore Community Foundation, Blue Water Baltimore and the TKF Foundation). Also received were various donations and the combined funds were used to renovate the sidewalk in front of the community garden with a mosaic banner designed by local mosaic artist, Cinder Hypki. The new sidewalk also was built with pervious materials to better control rain run-off. Students from Wolfe Street Academy and volunteers from UFPIA and others completed the mosaic banner. In addition, a third tree was added and the two current tree pits were expanded. For more details on the project, click here or for the photo gallery of the project click here.
If you are interested in obtaining a garden plot, you must live within UFPIA’s boundaries and be a member of UFPIA. Contact Jan Mooney at 410-493-0158 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: At this point all garden plots are taken but you will be added to the waiting list.