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Food System Change in Baltimore

The City of Baltimore is at the nexus of exciting food systems endeavors such as city-led policy initiatives, urban agriculture and grassroots efforts to address food justice. Relying on strong partnerships with city government, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is addressing some of Baltimore's challenges, such as urban food system resilience, food insecurity and health inequities, through research, education and program activities that range from mapping the food environment to strengthening city policy, ensuring soil safety for urban farmers, and paving the way for food systems resilience planning. The CLF also operates a Food System Lab, where local students can learn about aquaponics and other sustainable farming practices. 

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Stories and Viewpoints


Baltimore Food Policy Advisory Committee

The Center for a Livable Future played a key role in convening the Baltimore City Food Policy Task Force, formed in 2009, and authored the Baltimore’s Food Policy Task Force Final Report and Recommendations.

Food System Lab @ Cylburn

The Food System Lab @ Cylburn is an urban teaching farm in Baltimore City, operated on the grounds of the Cylburn Arboretum by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF).

The Maryland Food System Mapping Resource

The Center for a Livable Future’s Maryland Food System Map is a free, easy-to-use mapping application that incorporates data on the food system, public health and the environment.

Community Food Assessments

We created a CFA tool and conducted CFAs in Baltimore neighborhoods to gather information on communities’ experiences of their local food environments

Baltimore City’s Food Environment

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has collaborated with the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative since 2012 to examine the physical food environment in Baltimore City.


Explore Other Areas of Expertise

Food Policy & Governance

Advancing food system change in local, tribal, institutional, state, federal and international policy.

Food Equity

Exploring the causes of food insecurity, inequity and poor access on communities.

Strengthening Food System Resilience

Deploying research, policy and education to help food systems withstand and recover from crises and ensure a supply of safe, accessible food.