On October 16th Dayspring Gardens hosted a fall harvest celebration. Committed volunteers from the surrounding community and Dayspring collaborated to provide an afternoon of fun and education. They made applesauce and tasted several apple varieties that were grown right here in Baltimore. The apples used in the celebration were gleaned from BOP trees across the city.
It was a warm fall day made better by decorating the garden for Halloween, spending time with family and friends, dancing, and listening to live music.
Dayspring Gardens is located behind the Dayspring building in the Biddle Street community of Baltimore. Dayspring provides supportive housing for families in need of rental assisted housing, substance abuse treatment, and other support services. The gardens provide a welcoming space for residents and their families and a healthy food source to take advantage of. Residents and volunteers are active at all times of year working in the garden and harvesting fruits and vegetables.
This spring, The Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project will be working with Dayspring Gardens to install an orchard in an adjacent lot. This orchard will eventually grow to include figs, pears, and even apples. Espaliered fruit trees combined with art installations will add to the already stunning landscaping.
Like many other lots in Baltimore, restoring the soil to grow healthy fruits and vegetables will be a challenge. As it stands, the soil is not very deep and is filled with rubble from the houses that used to stand on the now empty lots. We look forward to working closely with Dayspring Gardens to create a healthy and welcoming orchard space this coming spring. Growing different fruits on site will ensure that harvest celebrations like this can continue well into the future.