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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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Food Waste = Energy

 |  07/12/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Food

Creating an advanced energy economy here in the United States will take us all diligently working to identify and create new energy resources. This requires us to reach far beyond simply identifying and exploiting new ways of extracting existing sources of energy. Harnessing the sun, wind and water are all ways of capturing the existing and ongoing energy sources that...more

Making farm-to-table more than ideal

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/21/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Food

Nick Swetye can picture a day when locally grown food like kohlrabi, beans and black raspberries is on the plates of half a million more Northeast Ohioans than the few thousand who forage for it at weekly farmer's markets or community supported agriculture operations like CityFresh where Swetye is Director. I ask him, how will the region grow its local food...more

How do you GROW, SHARE, EAT and LEARN about food in your neighborhood?

Jenita  |  06/13/12 @ 8:45pm  |  Posted in Food

The Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Vital Neighborhoods Committee is having a contest to find Cleveland's most inspiring local food stories in 2012, the Year of Local Foods. To be eligible for the contest, your neighborhood must be within the City of Cleveland. CONTEST ENTRY: Sign Up on this website ( http://vitalneighborhoods.ning.com/ ) to create a group profile telling us how your project strengthens...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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