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 »

Congratulations to South Euclid School District, 2014 USDA F2S Grant recipients!

Yesterday, the USDA shared a press release detailing the recipients of the 2014 Farm to School grants provided to districts across the US. In Cuyahoga County, South Euclid recieved a large implementation grant that will help them build on their current efforts to source locally grown food for their students' meals. Last year, Cleveland Metropolitan School District received the Farm to School grant from USDA for a planning grant that established OSUE and FPC as partners.

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Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

Mother Jones article on FSMA - 4 foods that could disappear

At the beginning of this month, Mother Jones published an article on four foods that could be difficult (if not impossible) to easily buy and consume if the new proposed food safety rules of the Federal Food Safety and Modernization Act pass.... Read more »

How You Can Help Shape the Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has caused much controversy in the local food system world, due to the question of how it may impact local and small-... Read more »

Farm Bill Expected to Deepen November SNAP Cuts

On November 1, a temporary increase in funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) expired, which will result in cuts of up to $35 per month for a family of four. Currently, 1 in 5 American households receive nutrition assistance benefits through SNAP, with households receiving an average of $135 per month. The temporary increase to SNAP matriculated in 2009 as a part of a series of recession-response initiatives at the federal level.... Read more »

National Farm to School Census-see where Ohio Stands

In the final days of National Farm to School month during October, USDA released a nation-wide census of farm to school activity between 2011-2012. Since 2013 when the data collection process began, 8,800 school districts of the 13,914 targeted for responses replied to the census questionnaire and 3,812 of those district reported engaging in farm to school activities. All the questionnaires were provided at the district levels by state agency leads like Departments of Education.... Read more »

Food hubs across the nation-new study examines leading models and best practices

Food hubs often encompass all or several of the missing link(s) necessary to better faciliate the process of bringing local foods from farm to fork. I like to think of them as the physical places that are home to every "sticky point" in the food economy or the critical components of the food system (production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption, waste).... Read more »

Healthy Cleveland Food Guidelines Released in City Hall Press Conference

Above, FPC staff members Morgan Taggart and Morgan Bulger join representatives of the Cleveland Foodbank, the Cleveland Clinic, the Children's Hunger Alliance, as well as Director Karen Butler and Councilman Joe Cimperman at a press release of the Healthy Cleveland Nutrition Guidelines.... Read more »

Produce Prescription

Program Details

Through the Produce Perks incentive program, FPC has established relationships with several farmers’ markets in Cuyahoga County to better connect low-income residents to healthy, local food. A 2012 FPC survey of farmers’ market participating in ... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

Farm Bill Update - Ohio Will Be Significantly Represented at Conference

Amidst the government shut down and the fiscal cliff, congress is facing yet another challenge of bipartisanship. The Farm Bill, officially expired October 1st and one year past initial deadline, appears to finally be approaching a resolution. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have nominated conferees to meet in a series of conference meetings that will resolve the next farm bill. Fortunately, Ohio is represented significantly at the Farm Bill conference, by both the House and the Senate.... Read more »