2.5 billion people will join the 7 billion already on the earth over the next 30 years.
Food production must increase by at least 70%.
Agricultural productivity is approaching maximum capacity.
There is very little additional open land available or suitable for farming.
New models for growing food are mandatory.
Urban agriculture is the solution.
BMoreAg will be an urban agriculture center that uses the power of biology, technology, and human resolve to revitalize our city.
We are reviving city property to grow food for the surrounding neighborhoods. Healthy food grown blocks from your doors will breathe renewed life into Baltimore communities.
The hub will employ local residents by creating new job opportunities through the greenhouse, grocery space and retail including food preparation, packaging, and distribution.
Education & Training
Apprenticeships around greenhouse operation, sales and distribution, accounting, etc. will allow the community to gain professional skills for entry not only into the urban agriculture space but generalizable to other industries. Children will learn STEM and resilience while experiencing the joy of growing vegetables, tasting nature, and connecting with abundance.
Fresh Food Access
No one should need to travel far to access the fresh produce that gives them energy and vibrancy. Incorporated into the fabric of Baltimore, the agriculture hub will give more options to more people. Lower exposure to unhealthy processed food will benefit physical and mental health.
Healthy Food Preparation
Learn about the origin of fresh food and connect your tastebuds to local produce. Enjoy food preparation while learning how to turn fresh fruits and vegetables into healthy and tasty treats.
By attracting people to orbit and spend time where they get their food, the transformative power of green spaces will promote wellness, increase awareness of food access, and the importance of caring for our environment.
Recreational components such as a playground and open spaces for gathering will allow members of the community to engage with each other, grow the local economy, and renew their ownership of the shape of the city.
Be more agricultural in Baltimore.
Alex Fisher is the former Vice Chairman of Mercantile Bank’s Investment & Wealth Management Division and now serves as Managing Partner of Marquette Associates, a national institutional investment consulting firm with oversight of $140 billion in assets. Alex has forty-five years of experience in the investment field including work as an equity research analyst; CEO of a Baltimore investment banking boutique; co-founder of a Baltimore investment counseling firm and head of Private Banking and Private Wealth Management of Mercantile Bank. His related experience includes serving as CEO of a Baltimore real estate holding company that owned Mondawmin Mall; Managing Partner of an Owings Mills land development company; advisory board member of an equity long/short hedge fund; and board member of the Baltimore Cemetery Company.
Alex’s community service includes the Baltimore Tree Trust, where he is treasurer and a member of the board of directors; chair of his church’s investment, stewardship and planned giving committees and President Emeritus of the Maryland Historical Society. He is a former member of the Gilman School Alumni Board of Governors; trustee of the Maryland 4H Foundation; treasurer of the Valleys Planning Council; and member of the investment committee of Purnell School in Pottersville, NJ. Alex is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with a B.S. degree in Finance with Distinction, and he has performed graduate studies at New York University and University of Virginia. Alex is a decorated Vietnam veteran.
Dr. Annie Umbricht is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. After graduating from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Medical School at age 24, she completed 4 years of post-graduate education in Germany and Switzerland. She and her husband came to Baltimore in 1985 when her husband started his residency in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her training in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, with a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. For more than 25 years, she has continued research in the addiction field, mostly at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, and at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University. Her role has been to supervise the safety of participants involved in research and providing integrated medical care at the drug abuse treatment site.
Annie is a member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Tree Trust and volunteers 4 – 10 hours a week in the Shepherd’s Clinic for the uninsured, a clinic dedicated to providing affordable care to the underserved, a highly-traumatized population of the inner city. She was the co-founder of the Joy Wellness Center (JWC), a part of the Shepherd’s clinic providing integrative care, including stress reduction, health education, nutrition counseling and demonstrations, movement therapy, to clinic patients. The JWC has transformed the care of its patients, empowering them to make healthier life-style decisions and developing resilience in the face of adversity. The wellness center has become a place where the community can gather to solve neighborhood issues. Annie has also volunteered for the Maryland State Boychoir, where her two sons were enrolled in this highly diverse musical group teaching classical choir music as well as leadership skills to boys 7 to 21 years old.