Community Gardens

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.... Read more »

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the FPC Explore School Gardening and Local Procurement for the Farm to School Initiative

Members of diverse community organizations met earlier this month on a sunny August morning to discuss the expansion of school gardening at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) schools.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

City of Cleveland Summary of Urban Agriculture and Green Space Policies

City of Cleveland Summary of Urban Agriculture and Green Space land use policies including:

 

  • Chicken and Bees ordinance
  • Urban Garden District Zoning
  • Urban Agriculture Overlay District (pending)
  • Agriculture in Residential Districts

 

Working Group(s): 
Land Use & Planning

2012 Summer Sprout Community Garden Report

Cleveland’s Community Gardening Program, Summer Sprout, has been in existence since 1976. This report outlines 2012 community garden statistics throughout the City of Cleveland.

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. 

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Urban Gardeners in Cleveland

This presentation shares the results of a survey conducted by Dr. Punam Ohri-Vachaspati and Marisa Warrix of Ohio State Universoty Extension, Cuyahoga County in 1999-2000 of community gardeners in Cleveland.  Their research idenitifes the socio-economic background of Cleveland's community gardeners, fruit and vegetable consumption patterns among these residents, and common methods used for preparing fresh produce.

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

City of Cleveland - Urban Garden District Zoning

The City of Cleveland adopted legislation that created a new zoning district specifically for urban agriculture and related uses.

Working Group(s): 
Land Use & Planning

City of Cleveland - Agriculture in Residential Districts

The City of Cleveland adopted amendments to the zoning regulations for residential districts that permit farm stands, different design guidelines for fencing, and allow agriculture as a principal use on vacant lots. 

Working Group(s): 
Land Use & Planning

Defining and Analyzing a Food Desert by CSU Student Monique Russell

Cleveland State University student, Monique Russell, and Dr. Brian Mikelbank of CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs recently completed a revised anaylsis of food access in Cuyahoga County that includes food pantries, urban gardens, and farmers markets and a measure of access using network analysis instead of straight line distance.

Working Group(s): 
Community Food Assessment