CLEVELAND FOUNDATION GRANTMAKING BLOG - Home grown food

The great thing is that we are approaching this topic from a position of strength.  Cleveland was recently ranked #2 in the nation in terms of local food production.  Organizations such as the Ohio State University Extension, New Agrarian Center, Eco-City Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Countryside Conservancy and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens (among others) should be credited for building the current network of community gardens, food co-ops, Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers’ markets, advocates and supporters.  They operate at the tactical level - testing soil, conducting workshops, engaging youth and operating distribution points called Fresh stops.  As a group, they are also thinking at the strategic and policy level through the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.  In addition, Mayor Frank Jackson and City Council support community gardens.  The seeds are being sown.