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City of Cleveland Community Garden program, Summer Sprout, releases 2012 report
Cleveland’s Community Gardening Program, Summer Sprout, is a partnership between the City of Cleveland and Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County (OSUECC). Cleveland has historically supported community gardens through Summer Sprout by providing soil testing, seeds, starter plants, soil amendments, tilling services, and raised bed materials. OSUECC began supporting community gardens in Cleveland in 1977 through its Urban Community Gardening Program. This program was funded by the USDA through the early 1990’s to provide education and technical assistance to community gardens. OSUECC manages the Summer Sprout Program today and is able to provide gardens with the aforementioned resources. OSUECC works with community partners, including the City of Cleveland Land Bank, to develop land tenureship for garden sites.
In 2012 Summer Sprout supported 11 new community gardens in the City of Cleveland, adding to the 153 that returned from the 2011 growing season. Community gardens in Cleveland are diverse: neighborhood clubs, schools, faith-based groups, non-profit agencies, and many others are active in Summer Sprout.
Read the full report here.