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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

Cleveland adopts local food incentives

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/13/10 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system

Today's Cleveland-Cuyahoga Food Policy Coalition meeting shed light on Cleveland's new policy to attract and create local, sustainable business. New legislation allows the city to offer a 5% discount to local food businesses bidding for city contracts. Since most bids are decided by 5% or less, a discount for being a certified Local Sustainable Business-a process that will be determined by...more

Cleveland policy to support local food; cooking up a community kitchen; farmer's market makes CSU more vibrant

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/24/10 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Local food system

Cleveland City Council is considering new policy that would leverage its buying power to promote locally grown food and sustainable businesses. Ordinance No. 1660-A-09 was introduced by Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilmember Joe Cimperman in January to provide bid incentives on city contracts for local businesses, sustainable businesses and businesses that purchase local foods. Read more. The Food Policy...more

2019 Local Food update

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/22/10 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system

Local food-similar to green building and vacant land reuse-was a movement numbering in the hundreds and operating as a well-established network before the 2019 summit. The summit provided a space for local food advocates and growers to revisit their goals and widen their tent. The group agreed to focus efforts coming out of the summit in these areas: 10,000 Farmers –...more

Lessons from Huron's curbside composting

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/14/09 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system, Reduce

When the city of Huron made national headlines in the spring of 2009 for launching a citywide composting program, it took everyone but the handful of private and public partners who got it going by complete surprise. How did this small 'bedroom community' (pop. 8,000) pull off the first curbside food waste pickup program in Ohio (and likely the Midwest)? Huron...more

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