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Advocates hope flower farms will take root in Baltimore
Advocates hope flower farms will take root in Baltimore

A movement is underway to fill some of Baltimore's 14,000 vacant lots with flower farms, where residents could grow zinnias and toad lilies and hyacinths to sell to local florists or invite the public to come pick their own bouquets. The city's spending panel agreed Wednesday to contribute $5,000 for a consultant's study of the potential for leasing empty lots to flower farmers as an outgrowth of the farm-to-table push. Ellen Frost, who owns Local Color Flowers in Charles Village, said she's looking for nearby growers to fill her orders and help shrink the industry's environmental footprint by using blooms that have been treated with fewer chemicals and traveled...

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