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Bon Secours, Aramark to plant vegetables in West Baltimore

Hoop house brings fresh foods to West Baltimore

Food services company Aramark is partnering with Bon Secours Hospital Tuesday to plant leafy green vegetables at a community garden in the West Baltimore neighborhood where the hospital is located.

The produce will be planted at the hoop house, a covered community garden built earlier this summer on a vacant lot at the corner of North Fulton Avenue and West Fayette Street.

The area around the hospital is considered a food desert because it has limited access to supermarkets and farmers markets. The hoop house was built to help fill some of the void.

A 2015 report by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative found that one in four of the city’s residents live in food deserts.

The hoop house is also used by Bon Secours Community Works, the hospital's social services arm, as part of its workforce development program. Residents from the neighborhood are hired to tend the garden and run a produce stand where people buy the bounty.

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