Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sweet Potatoes Cooking at Filbert Street

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Rise and shine to the pulling of sweet potatoes from our Filbert Street Garden.  A unique idea from our Gardener Ms. Kim who decided to create a sweet potato patch last year.  Ms. Kim and Ms. Edith
dived into the giant sweet potatoes harvest just in time for our sweet potato pies, cakes, and casserole dishes. These organic favorites can be enjoyed by all when you garden with the Filbert Street Gardeners.  Plots are still available for the spring season give Rodette Jones a call at (410)868-0557.

OCTOBER 25, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 P.M.

Filbert Street Garden Pours out Love on Rainy Days

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My friend Arianne decided to stop by the garden to pick a flower for her caretaker.  He picked her up from school on this rainy Thursday afternoon.  Thank goodness for the rain the flowers, strawberry patches, blueberry bushes and other delightful organic plants can shower in this unexpected rainfall that quench the thirst of our Filbert Street Garden.  We're delighted to share our space with community plots for future gardeners in our 2015 Spring season.  If you're interested in obtaining a flower or garden plot, please call Rodette Jones @ (410)868-0557.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Hi everyone,
My name is Rodette Jones I'm the new intern at Filbert Street Garden.  I've been actively gardening at the garden for 3 years.  My investments include fund raising for garden events as well as actively participating on the work days and community events.  I'm interested in your thoughts in improving the garden for the Curtis Bay Community.  We are currently looking for folks to actively participant in our events and taking on garden plots for the Spring 2015 gardening season.  We want to include you in our renovation process so take a minute an send me your thoughts. Feel free to reach out to at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Community Partnerships bring a Farmers Market to Brooklyn/Curtis Bay!

           It has been a crazy summer!
Not only has the weather been strange, but we've had a lot of changes at Filbert St. We have been lucky enough to host our first interns this summer, and we are maintaining a commitment to continue to select our garden interns from within our community, thanks to support from our friends at Chesapeake Center for Youth Development.

In spite of all the craziness, 2 of our Gardeners have found the time to develop a wonderful partnership with "Drink at the Well". Each Thursday this summer our gardeners loaded up all the fresh produce they could carry from Filbert St. and took it to "Drink at the Well" to sell to neighbors.

Besides accomplishing our mission of bringing fresh food from our garden to the community, we were also able to share resources, tell more people about the garden, and brainstorm with folks at "the Well" about how we can support both of our ongoing efforts in the future.

What a way to close out the summer!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Getting Ready for School

It seems like the summer just started, but it's already time to prepare for the upcoming school year at the garden. We had some great volunteers to help out with the preparation and could not have done it without them. Here's what we accomplished last week:


Students from the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development (CCYD) in Brooklyn helped out in the morning. We cleared up the flower patch area by the north fence and tasted lovely blueberries, while students for the Living Classrooms BUGS Program worked in the orchard and planted asparagus.

The first of a few large groups from CCBC and Break Away: Alternative Breaks showed up in the early afternoon and immediately got to work clearing the strawberry patch and school plots of weeds. 


They uncovered some big cucumbers and red onions. It was great to find veggies hiding under the summer weed growth!


The CCYD students returned in the morning and weeded around the raised beds next to the clocktower shed. 

We discovered bright orange cherry tomatoes and carrots growing. The plants are thriving and we were happy to expose them to some more sunlight. We took the nets off the blueberry bushes and continued to enjoy the fruit harvest. 

The afternoon group from CCBC cleared the herb garden of weeds. They found rosemary, a pepper plant, and some large, healthy sage. They also cleaned up around the blackberry bushes in the northeast corner of the garden.



During the morning of the third and final work day this week, the CCYD students cleared weeds from a patch of large cucumber plants we discovered on Wednesday. There are many little baby cucumbers growing; and we're excited to see them ready in a few weeks!

We stirred the compost pile so it would decompose more efficiently, reorganized the clocktower shed, and gave the ladybug shed a haircut by trimming and replanting the sedum on top.

There will be more frequent open garden days as it gets closer to the start of school. Stay tuned to our blog for times and updates.

There's still plenty of work to do, so come on by and lend a hand! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May The (Gardening) Fourth Be With You!

                   This past May 4th, a Sunday, we had an amazing and successful workday! We installed a straw bale garden as part of a community gardener-led workshop, installed an herb garden, worked on some plant markers, and did some work in our individual community garden plots!

One of our garden interns is clearing out the area for the straw bale garden.

After we placed the straw bales in the area, forming a rectangle shape, we filled it with compost. Kim then explained the many benefits, and few challenges, of straw bale gardening.

You can see the workshop group, garden, and water tower!

And we planted sweet potatoes all over the new straw bale garden!

These are the plant markers we prepped for a future workshop. The kids are gonna love painting them!

Then, after some weeding, we installed an herb bed.

The seedlings were small, but sturdy. We bet they'll survive our wacky Maryland weather!

 The various herbs will grow all over this bed, next to currently established native flowers and chamomile.

Lastly, we did some work on our individual garden plots!

Hope to see you at our next workday!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Memorial Garden Planting & Annual Easter Egg Hunt

We got a lot done this past April 19th! We planted a memorial garden, spread compost and mulch, held a take-your-own-seedling home workshop, constructed bamboo scaffolding for bird netting, had our annual Easter egg hunt, and made & ate campfire s'mores! Check out all the awesome pictures!

Using teamwork to move mulch!

Volunteers discussing their next activity on the day's agenda.

Community gardeners, children, and other volunteers planting the Memorial Garden: 


Volunteers setting up bamboo structures (the structures will hold the protective bird netting) :

Children hunting for Easter eggs:

 He's finding a very well hidden egg!

Some of the younger kids needed some help from their older siblings.

Community gardeners also worked on their plots: