Baltimore GROW Centers

  GROW Center Pop-up #1  GROW Center Pop-up #4 Fall 2018

Baltimore GROW Centers (Green Resources & Outreach for Watersheds) are your neighborhood greening resource hubs, linking city residents, communities, and faith-based groups to plants, materials, and technical expertise for greening projects. Over the past two years we have provided free and/or low cost trees, mulch, plants, and other materials, as well as free workshops on topics including community greening, vacant lot revitalization, installing rain gardens and rain barrels, environmental justice, and composting.

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Funding for the GROW Center pop-ups, as well as the creation of a feasibility study and business plan, is provided in part by the USDA Forest Service. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

The GROW Center would not be able to function without our many partners, in particular,  TreeBaltimore and Camp Small, which provide the trees and mulch that we are able to giveaway for free. Other partners include MD Cooperative Extension/Master Gardeners, Office of Sustainability, Office of Emergency Management, BMORE Beautiful, Department of Housing and Community Development, and the many communities where we have held pop-ups and workshops.    ,

Fall 2021 GROW Center Pop-ups and Workshops

DPW’s excited to return this fall with five pop-up events and seven free workshops. Attend one of the upcoming activities and get some great resources to help you with your greening projects. Free trees (provided by TreeBaltimore), mulch (provided by Camp Small), and reusable shopping bags will be available, as well as information on stormwater fee credits, plant advice, recycling and composting, and other ways to make your home and community greener, cleaner, and more resilient. First come, first serve while supplies last. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

The following is the schedule of Grow Center events. Please note the times for the events. The workshops are free but require registration. Compost workshops are limited to 15 people. Compost workshop attendees will receive a free compost bin, courtesy of DPW Bureau of Solid Waste.

Please note that the events occurring on October 16 and October 31 will also act as joint GROW center Pop-ups and Shredding Events. DPW’s Shredding Events are a great way to get rid of bills and other sensitive documents responsibly. Residents can bring up to two garbage bags of documents to be shredded. All shredded paper is then recycled.

September 21, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Compost Workshop @ Duncan St. Miracle Garden (1701 N. Duncan Street, 21213). Register: on food matters compost workshop page

September 29, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Compost Workshop @ Harwood Community Garden (2700 block Greenmount Avenue, 21218) Register: on food matters compost workshop page

October 2, 9 a.m. – 12 noon : Pop-up @ Herbert Street Park (N. Smallwood and Herbert Street, just north of North Avenue, 21217)

October 5, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. : Pop-up @ Boone Street Commons (2100 Boone Street between E 21st and E 22nd Street, east of Greenmount Avenue, 21218)

October 6, 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m.: Compost Workshop @ Filbert Street Garden (Filbert and Prudence Streets, 21226) Register: on the Compost workshop page

October 13, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Compost Workshop @ Harwood Community Garden (2700 block Greenmount Avenue, 21218). Register: on food matters compost workshop page

October 14, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. : Compost Workshop @ The Harvest Community Garden (600 block Homestead Street, 21218) Register: on the Compost workshop page Workshop limited to 10 people.

October 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. : Pop-up @ Mervo High School  (3500 Hillen Road, 21218) In partnership with DPW free Shred Event

October 20, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. : Virtual Rain Garden Workshop. Register: on the garden workshop page

October 23, 12 noon – 3 p.m.: Pop-up @ Stillmeadow Community Fellowship (5100 block Frederick Road, 21229)

October 31, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. : Pop-up and Compost Workshop @ Pimlico Public Safety Training Center (Park Heights and Manhattan Avenues, 21215) In partnership with DPW free Shred Event. Workshop is 10am – 11am. Register: on food matters compost workshop page

November 9, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. : Pop-up @ Westport Community Cupboard (2400 Harman Avenue, 21230)


Below are photos from our Spring 2021 GROW Center events

GROW Center 5_8_2021 info table  GROW Center 5_8_2021 trees

GROW Center 4_17_2021 mulch giveaway  GROW Center 4_17_2021 tree giveaway

mini grow center  mini grow center

Interested in what we have done so far? Check out the following two reports: 

Questions? Please contact Mark Cameron at [email protected] or 410-215-1961.

A few photos from the GROW Center pop-ups and workshops!

GROW Center Rain Barrel workshop  GROW Center Tree planting workshop

GROW Center Pop-up #2 Fall 2018  GROW Center pop-up at Oliver Bethel Street Playspace Spring 2019

Composting Workshop  GROW Center #2 Oliver Farm

GOW Center #3 HEPP Park  Greenspace, Equity and Health Workshop

GROW Center pop-up at Darley Park Fall 2019  GROW Center pop-up at HEPP Park Spring 2019