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CLEVELAND FOUNDATION GRANTMAKING BLOG - Home grown food
Article Date:Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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.