In June of 2022 St. Thomas Episcopal Parish in Upper Marlboro Maryland offered four acres of church property to Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance. Formerly a terraced organic vegetable farm called Tayman’s Field, UCFA is converting the farm into a Seed Farming Learning site. In return UCFA will support the establishment of a Children’s Garden for the church and contribute fresh vegetables to the church’s food pantry.
Currently Tayman’s Field includes a barn. But the site lacks water and electricity. With adult and youth volunteers, UCFA has started dividing the four acre site into sixteen plots to local BIPOC growers interested in learning seed farming and growing culturally meaningful crops. To aid in reducing run off from the adjacent road, the site will include a food forest growing native fruit, nuts and berries. The church also has provided an additional site to UCFA for training in beekeeping.