Little Portion Farm is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars Conventual focused on providing fresh food to those in need while using sustainable farming methods. The 3-acre farm is intended to function as an ecosystem, with a diversity of plants and habitats to support the life of this “little portion” of creation. In addition to common annual crops, the farm includes sections of perennial plants, as well as native flowering plants to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. As the food harvested from the farm is donated to the Franciscan Center in Baltimore, the overarching mission of this ministry is, using the words of Pope Francis, to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
In 2019, our first growing season, we harvested 3,136 pounds of food on ¼ acre, all of which was donated directly to the Franciscan Center of Baltimore to be used in their hot meal program that served over 180,000 meals last year.
In 2020, we have harvested over 18,000 pounds of food grown on ¾ acre. This increase helped meet the greater need at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, who has served nearly twice as many meals this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Next year we hope to...
- Prepare and plant 40 additional vegetable beds
- Prepare and plant at least 15 rows in our perennial section with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and other plants
- Plant 3 additional wildflower habitats
- Construct a multi-bay compost bin for recycling farm debris
- Purchase additional containers for harvesting and storing an increasing amount of food
- Purchase more tools to increase our efficiency and allow more volunteers to help
- Purchase more irrigation supplies for our expansion
This continued growth will only be possible with your support. Our commitment to donating 100% of our produce means we rely greatly on your generosity for the resources we need to be successful. If you would like to donate to a specific project or item, you can visit our 2021 Wish List or consider making a donation below.
May God bless you and thank you for supporting our mission to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
Little Portion Farm is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars Conventual of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to Little Portion Farm are tax deductible to the full extent allowable under the law.
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