ECO City Farms has added a new mural to its Bladensburg farm that will help visitors identify what crops are currently growing.
Painted on the side of a metal shipping container that houses a classroom, the mural displays a map of the community-supported agricultural site at 6100 Emerson St. in Bladensburg, with spaces for magnets that can be rearranged to show what different crops are currently growing and where on the farm.
Imagined by landscape designer Kelley Oklesson, the mural was designed by artist Saba Hamidi, who specializes in storytelling through graphic design.
“Visitors often ask what crops are grown and where they grow,” Oklesson told the Hyattsville Wire. “The mural is intended to be a clever tool that will bring comfort and joy to those who use it. “
Costs were met by an in-kind donation from Oklesson’s landscape architectural firm, Groundsmith Collective, which works in the greater Hyattsville area, with materials donated by TW Perry on Kenilworth Avenue.
Oklesson, a University of Maryland alumnus, said she hopes to do more murals along the Route 1 corridor in the future.
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