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Urban Farm Manifesto uncovers hard but fruitful nuggets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/19/12 @ 8:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system

If living in Cleveland means 'you gotta be tough', what does that make our urban farmers? In Urban Farm Manifesto, you'll find Justin Husher telling it like it is. From hustlin' tomatoes to liberating soil out from under asphalt, Husher's 20-page illustrated booklet (art by Gabriel Bond) is a sardonic trip. But it also lays bare the hardships, the hoops,...more

Shift happens: Finding local food self reliance

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/22/11 @ 11:30am  |  Posted in Local food system

Can Cleveland achieve self-sufficiency for a significant part of its population? If the city was systematically converting its supply of vacant land-and training people to grow and process their own food-some 22% of Clevelanders would be more self reliant, OSU researcher Parwinder Grewal, who studied Cleveland's vacant land supply with an eye toward local economic development, tells the Columbus Dispatch. One...more

Local food and deconstruction videos; looking closer at bike sharing systems

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/17/10 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Local food system

Case has started installing energy-saving LED lights in 250 fixtures on campus as part of its plan to fulfill the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The university says the bulbs will save $19,000 a year, but costs are reportedly $3.2M. LEDs are expensive, however, the manufacturers claim they'll last 25,000-50,000 hours. The first lifecycle study of LEDs from...more

Filling in the local food gap

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/11/10 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Local food system

Local food is all the rage, but how can Northeast Ohio build that into a sustainable economy? A coalition has formed to look at gaps in what they call the "food value chain"-a new business model where buyers and producers intentionally work together to make local food widely available at affordable prices. The Northeast Ohio Local Food Assessment, funded by the...more

Is Cleveland a local food leader?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/26/10 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system

In 2008, SustainLane ranked Cleveland as the second best city in the nation for its local foods/agriculture movement. Who is behind this movement in the Cleveland area? One of the engines: The Re-Imagining a Greater Cleveland study, which is transitioning to a city initiative. Right now, 56 Re-Imagining pilot projects are breaking ground-testing ideas in urban agriculture, stormwater management, and soil...more

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