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Start a market garden

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/28/07 @ 10:11am

City Fresh is a joint initiative between the New Agrarian Center (NAC) and Ohio State University Cooperative Extension. Last year, City Fresh organized a market garden training program for inner-city residents to put vacant land in the inner city into production raising food, and selling the excess at city markets.

For example, Building Healthy Communities, a program based in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland employs several area kids who grow produce to sell at local senior centers and St. Vincent's Charity Hospital. Also, Wonder City Farm has three market gardens in the city, including a large parking lot converted from asphalt to garden. They also collaborate with the Pavement Pollinators, another enterprise that evolved from the training program, who tend bee hives on one of their sites that produces great honey, says Morgan Taggart, program assistant with City Fresh.

OSU Extension will again offer its market garden training program in January 2008. Participants will develop business plans and garden plans in this twelve-week class that will help them start their own businesses growing produce for sale in Cleveland.

Classes meet once a week in the evening. For more information please call 216-429-8238 or click here.

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