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Latest mentions of the Food Policy Coalition in the media.

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan of the United States Department of Agriculture and Director Robert Boggs of the Ohio Department of Agriculture visited Cleveland's Kinsman neighborhood to announce support for a new urban agriculture program in Cleveland. 

Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary for the United States Department of Agriculture, was in Cleveland, October 27, 2010 to announce a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant award to The Ohio State University Extension to support training for new small-scale producers and an urban farm incubator in Cleveland's Kinsman neighborhood.

Article by Cleveland Plain Dealer's editorial staff in support of urban agriculture and local food system development.

The foreclosure crisis and the demolition of thousands of properties in Cleveland appears to have an unintended, but positive consequence: the emergence of a farm movement in the city.

Cleveland City Council has begun to consider an ordinance that would allow urban farmers to set up stands to sell the fruits of their harvest in residential neighborhoods.

Staff members in the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRC) program do more than just work together. They take turns tending to a community garden and get together regularly over lunch to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

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David Pearl, co-convener of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition and a PRC staff member, said the garden fits in with the center’s mission. “The core project for the research center relates to healthier food options,” said Pearl. The PRC program is part of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The FPC was mentioned in Brent Larkin's article as a project manager of the Northeast Ohio Local Food Assessment and Plan.

More than $3 billion is spent annually feeding the people of Cuyahoga County, according to the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, a consortium of area governmental agencies, businesses, nonprofits, farmers, and educational institutions.

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But now, some are sensing the potential to create viable businesses growing food in the city. It’s an awakening fueled by the farmers markets, CSAs, and forward-thinking restaurateurs, but also by the interest of supermarkets like Dave’s, Heinen’s, and Whole Foods in carrying and promoting locally grown produce. Since the idea is so new and untested, a variety of business plans are emerging.

Fresh, locally grown produce can be hard to find in Northeast Ohio’s poorest neighborhoods. Ideastream intern Michelle Kanu reports that farmers markets around the region are trying to improve residents’ access to healthy food.

Includes an audio report originally for 90.3 WCPN.

Four Cleveland farmers markets are taking part in a pilot program to encourage customers who receive food assistance to shop for fresh food.

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The program will evaluate its success by looking at how well it reaches its target audience. After that, "we can bring other markets under the umbrella that accept EBT and also look at other potential funding sources to contribute to the incentive program," said Morgan Taggart, a program specialist for Ohio State University Extension and member of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.

Shoppers who have state-provided food benefits through the Ohio Direction Card can now use their cards at four more farmers markets throughout Cuyahoga County.

Story includs 2:30 video on the program.