Exploring the Heart of Heritage: Our Visit to Freetown Farm

In the verdant expanse of Howard County, Maryland, lies a haven where history whispers through the rustling leaves and the fertile soil holds stories of resilience and community. Recently, we had the privilege of stepping onto this sacred ground at Freetown Farm.

Led by our CEO Gabriel Moreno and Chief External Affairs Officer Tina Horn, along with Dr. Chiara D’Amore, Executive Director, and Operations Manager Jonathan McKinney, our journey was guided by a spirit of reverence and discovery.

Freetown Farm, once known as Shaw Farm, underwent a profound transformation, emerging as a testament to preservation and education. Renamed to honor its storied past and embrace a sustainable future, it stands as a beacon of hope and progress.

As we traversed the fields, each step seemed to echo the resilience of those who came before us. From Indigenous territories to the struggle for freedom during the era of slavery, every corner of Freetown Farm bore witness to the triumphs and challenges of generations past.

But our visit wasn’t just about exploration; it was about connection and community. Partnering with organizations like the Howard County Branch of the NAACP, we pledged to cultivate knowledge and justice in every row of crops.

Guided by the visionary spirit of James Rouse, who saw Columbia as a garden for growing people, we embraced the opportunity to sow seeds of change. Freetown Farm embodies this vision, offering a space where the past meets the present, and where seeds of resilience are nurtured.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the staff for their dedication and passion. Together, we embark on a journey of growth and transformation, guided by the lessons of the past and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

To learn more about our journey and Freetown Farm’s remarkable history, visit their website here.

Watch our Freetown Farm video here.