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Local food hub could put Cleveland ahead of the pack

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/08/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Local food system

Almost a decade on from Northeast Ohio’s food study, the one that made waves because it contained a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) to shift 25% of the food we eat to local, one of the needs identified—to concentrate the many, small, regional farmers, urban gardeners and flea and farmer’s market purveyors as an entity—is finally being met. Food hubs could...

<br />Image from Oberlin Food Hub

Columbus transportation agency sees sprawl as a food security issue

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/06/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Local food system, Transportation choices

A lack of control over land use may ultimately affect everything from the cost to the availability of local food in Ohio where 90% of the state’s $40 billion farm revenue comes from exporting food. It could explain why Central Ohio’s transportation and planning agency, MORPC, is addressing land use as a food security issue.

<br />A farm for sale in rural Ohio.

Stockyards rising: Can a maker economy revitalize this Cleveland neighborhood?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/22/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system, Eating local

Molly and Pat Murray are extending a family tradition rooted in Cleveland’s Stockyards neighborhood.

Food is bond<br />Molly and Pat Murray at their Wake Robin Fermented FoodsThe incubator<br />The Hildebrandt Building on Cleveland's Near West SideMaking cabbage<br />Wake Robin ships its fermented foods to local grocers.The Next Generation<br />Bill Hildebrandt in the test kitchen built out of a century old space that once processed the City of Cleveland's meat.

Picture of progress: Cleveland local food 2009-2014

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/25/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Food, Local food system

We are reading with interest the Growhio report from its 2014 local food summit. In it, the volunteer organization wants to expand access to local food in Cleveland and contends that we are already eating more local food than five years ago. Since Growhio spun off from the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, a big local food push has come from...

Central Roots Farm<br />An urban farm that rents space in Ohio City behind Riverview Tower public housing.Fish farming in Kinsman<br />The Rid All Green Partnership raises tilapia in tanks under hoop houses over vacant land in Cleveland near Kinsman RoadMt. Pleasant Naturehood garden<br />Part of a not-for-profit effort to green vacant land in Cleveland.Old Husher's Farm<br />Justin Husher was in the pilot ReImagine Cleveland vacant land reuse project, but he's making a go of for-profit urban farming.CornUcopia Place<br />Community Development Corporation, Burten Bell Carr, built this kitchen to teach the art of cooking and preparing fresh food in Cleveland's Central neighborhoodCity Rising Farm<br />A vacant land-to food-production plot on Cleveland's Blaine Avenue is also a real beauty.HAPI farmers<br />Pacific Islanders farming vacant land in the Kinsman Farm, part of the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.Bees knees<br />Needham Gardens is a venture to grow food including honey from their own hives in Clevelanddown on Maggie's Farm<br />A giant hoop house helps Maggie's Farm keep going year 'round in ClevelandBibb in the burbs<br />Bay Branch is a suburban farm that is repurposing a west side vacant lotKing of the road<br />Burten Bell Carr purchased this truck which delivers local and non-local fresh food to low-to-moderate income households in Cleveland Supersize it<br />Green City Growers put 3.5 acres of vacant land near East 55th Street in Cleveland under glass for an Evergreen Cooperative venture.in praise of food<br />Tim Smith is converting a former church into a local food operation, Community Greenhouse PartnersLocal market<br />Rooted in CLE is selling local produce at the venerable West Side MarketRegional power<br />Lucky Penny Farm is one of a growing corps of regional small farmers bringing specialty products to market in ClevelandExpanding borders<br />Refugee Response is connecting refugees to work like at the Ohio City FarmGraceful move<br />Suburban Grace Brothers opened an urban farm and nursery near W. 65th in ClevelandMaking a stand<br />The Ohio City Farm Stand is direct from the field to consumer -- right behind the West Side Market
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Conversations at Cleveland Sustainability Summit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/04/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Local food system

At Cleveland’s 5th annual sustainability summit—the halfway point to the 50th anniversary of the last fire on the Cuyahoga River—the theme of the year is advanced and renewable energy. How did that translate into action in 2013?

EcoVillage Produce<br />Growing food on vacant land in the near west side of Cleveland and selling it at Gordon Square Farmer's Market.

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