In the Weeds

By Mary K. Zajac

Maggie Weese ’17 (foreground) and Hannah Farkas ’17 help tend the garden at Whitelock Farm as interns in the Community Impact Internship Program, a competitive, paid summer internship program that pairs JHU undergraduate students with nonprofit organizations and government agencies to work on community-identified projects.

Located in Reservoir Hill, Whitelock Farm was founded in 2010 when a group of local residents converted a vacant community lot that once held an old pharmacy into an urban farm. Through farm-based learning programs, a weekly farm stand, and community events, the farm works to pursue affordable, sustainable fresh food sources, provide neighborhood job creation, teach residents how to prepare the fruit of the harvest, and help revitalize the neighborhood through greening and positive community activity. In its fifth season, the farm is thriving, says farm manager Alison Worman. “The continued support of neighbors and the wider community has spirited our vision to improve access to healthy food.”

By the Numbers

  • 30 weekly volunteers from Midtown Academy, a local elementary school, who help in the garden
  • 2,000 pounds of produce from Whitelock Community Garden harvested between January and July 2015
  • 35 on-site hours worked by JHU interns