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Cleveland must choose: urban highway or a local economy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/05/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system, Transportation choices

The continental divide of plains to the west and the infantile rise of the Appalachians to the east define Cleveland. A million years ago, giant, mile-high glaciers scoured the land and left behind alluvial silt where beech and maple trees grew hundreds of feet, towering over boggy wetlands. When Europeans arrived, they felled the giants of the forest, drained the...

Walkable urbanism<br />Kids walk to school on Morgana Run Trail, a rail line converted to a trail in Slavic Village, Cleveland.Urban agriculture<br />Near the proposed site of the Opportunity Corridor, an urban agriculture innovation zone is sprouting.Regeneration zone<br />Pittsburgh is experimenting with green development zones along the Allegheny River.

High hoop tunnels in Cleveland's food desert

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/12/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Local food system

It was intended to signal a sea change. The city of Cleveland’s active role from 2007 to 2010 in ReImagine a More Sustainable Cleveland. The study asked and then sought answers to, what does a major city do with a serious glut of vacant land?

Garden Boyz<br />A ReImagine Cleveland pilot project. Image: Sharon GlaspieIndicator landscapes<br />Could vacant land yield clues about its toxicity through plants? An idea from ReImagine a More Sustainable Cleveland. Image: Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Cleveland clone Kinsman farm Green tha Ghetto superheroes?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/03/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Local food system

It's nearly the wrap on the Year of Local Food, which means the city of Cleveland is looking to raise up inspiring examples of local food producers who are empowering the city's economic engine. They need look no further than the Rid All Green Partnerships and Kinsman farms—an urban agriculture operation that, in its second year, has scaled from dreamlike...

Swimming in it<br />The Kinsman urban farm is deploying a closed-loop aquaponics method to raise tilapia for sale <br />Growing power<br />The Rid All Green Partnership has grown to six greenhouses in two years on formerly vacant land in ClevelandRaise up<br />The winter crop of salad greens, spinach and turnips is part of the 7 tons of food the Kinsman farm produced last year for sale<br />Closing the loop<br />The Kinsman farm produces 8,000 pound of compost for sale from 14,000 pounds food waste from Cleveland businesses.<br />

Large urban farms taking shape on Cleveland's east side

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/14/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system, Transform

This summer, two moribund corners of Cleveland's Central neighborhood will make significant strides in their quest to be large scale urban agriculture ventures. They carry the weight of expectation-that vacant land is more fertile than assumed, that it can elevate heroes in overalls with dirt under their fingernails. On Monday, May 21, fruit trees will be planted and a massive sign...more

Can farmer's markets close the local food gap

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Food, Local food system

Is it counter-intuitive that suburbanites on food stamps will want to shop at a farmer's market? Or city residents that want to feed their family nutritiously? Local food advocates believe it's possible – with targeted efforts – to expand food assistance programs at area farmer's markets that meet the rising tide of new applicants from historically middle and upper income...more

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