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Cleveland and its urban ecology ethic

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/19/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

What would a true renaissance in Cleveland look like? A pathway of opportunity for people left behind that reclaims thousands of vacant lots around the city?

Garden Boyz<br />teaches youth in Cleveland to garden, bring healthy food home, and sell produceInternational Village Garden<br />International Village, a block club on Cleveland's West Side Stockyard's neighborhood, tends a dozen gardens and an orchard on vacant and abandoned land.Ohio City Farm<br />Burmese and Liberian refugees raise food for sale to businesses including Great Lakes Brewing at the Ohio City Farm.The Thymekeepers<br />The proprietors of local food business The Thymekeepers at Gather 'Round Farm in Ohio CityBlue Pike Farm, Cleveland<br />Blue Pike was the first commercial farm established in Cleveland in 2007.Food deserts in Cuyahoga County<br />Orange squares are grocery stores greater than 25,000 square feet. Red dots are fast food restaurants. Dark blue areas are where residents have fast food closer (half-mile away) and grocery stores further (one mile). Data and maps produced by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission in 2008.Cabbage in tire planters<br />Cleveland urban aquaponics<br />The Rid-All Green Partnership has established this vertical aquaponic growing system under a greenhouse with the help of Will Allen on a vacant lot at Kinsman and W. 81st StreetHoop houses Cleveland urban farm<br />Stanard Farm is a ten-acre urban farm on former grounds of Stanard School in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood. It is tended by workers from the Cuyahoga County Department of Developmental Disabilities. The hoop houses were constructed by Cleveland company, Tunnel Vision Hoops.Gather 'Round Farm<br />An urban farm built over an asphalt parking lot at Lorain and W. 38th StreetCleveland Botanical Garden Green Corps garden at Dunham Tavern<br />In Midtown ClevelandGiant cabbage from community garden<br />grown organically in a community garden on a vacant lot in Cleveland HeightsA community garden in Cleveland<br />A community garden tended by members of the International Community Block Club in the Stockyards neighborhood of ClevelandNaturehood garden at W. 48th Street in Cleveland<br />A project of EarthDay Coalition, vacant lots in Cleveland are converted to native plant nurseries. Chain of rain barrels<br />at Ohio City's Gather 'Round Farm

Natural Cleveland: November

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/04/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

Many abandoned or vacant buildings are reverting to more natural forms.

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Natural Cleveland: October

Jill Collins  |  10/04/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

The October installment of the series, Natural Cleveland, returns to the Flats where naturalist and illustrator Jill Collins spent some time observing the land and water for signs of seasonal change.

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Natural Cleveland: September

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/06/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

Here is the September installment of Natural Cleveland, a field guide of sorts for the urban naturalist and nature lovers. Illustrations and text by Jill Collins; editing by Justin Glanville.

<br />Yellow apple<br />All illustrations: Jill Collins<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Orange apple<br />Red apple<br />striped apple<br />

Natural Cleveland: August

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/05/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

What can urbanites see in nature during the month of August? This installment takes a look and offers some of the more commonly found examples of flora and fauna in Northeast Ohio.

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