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Want to Start a Garden?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Learn about upcoming training programs in urban agriculture!

OSU Extension will offer training programs in the winter of 2015 in community gardening and market gardening. Come to an Information Session to learn more about these Training Programs:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:00 – 6:45 pm
OSU Extension Office
5320 Stanard Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103

Description of Training Programs:
Community Gardening
In this eight week training program, participants will learn how to:

  • Locate and assess a good garden site
  • Organize a group of gardeners
  • Plan and design a garden space
  • Identify community resources
  • Access materials for their project
  • Increase neighborhood access to fresh produce
  • * Classes will meet Thursday evenings starting January 29, 2015.

Market Gardening
In this twelve week training program, participants will learn how to:

  • Develop a small business or agriculture based enterprise
  • Grow produce using techniques that create higher yields
  • Bring healthy produce to local markets in urban neighborhoods
  • Be part of Cuyahoga County’s emerging local food market
  • * Classes will meet Tuesday evenings starting January 27, 2015

The Market Gardener Training Program and the Dig In! Community Gardener Training Program are initiatives of The Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County.

The Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County: 5320 Stanard Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103

For questions contact Nicole Wright: 216-429-8200 x 249 //


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Green Thumb Gardening Tips from OSU Extenstion

Friday, January 31st, 2014

This time of year we start to think of spring.  Soon the crocuses and daffodils will start to bloom and planting our vegetable gardens will be close at hand.  There are a couple of different options for starting vegetables.  One way is to purchase vegetable starter plants.  Sometimes this can be costly.  A low cost way would be to grow your own vegetable transplants.  This can be very rewarding and often you will have a few left over to give to family and friends.  You should time planting your seedling so they will be ready to plant outside when the weather is warm enough for the plant to survive.

To start seeds to grow transplants you will need:

  1. Clean containers:  Vegetable starts can be grown in all sorts of container; egg cartons, yogurt containers, etc., but they need to be clean and have holes in the bottom for drainage.
  2. Seed starting mix:  You can get this at garden stores in the spring.  Top soil or garden soil should not be used because it might contain diseases that are harmful to the seed or young seedling.
  3. Seeds of your choice:  Always check that the seeds were packed for 2014.

To plant the seeds, moisten the seed starting mix and fill the containers.  Place the seeds at the depth suggested on the seed packet.  The recommended depth is usually ¼ inch to ½ inches deep.  Often people plant seeds too deep and the seeds rot before it reaches the surface.  Make sure you label the container with what type of vegetable and variety it is.  Place the container in a warm sunny place.  Once the plant emerges, be sure to turn the container often so the seedling will grow up straight.  Every couple of days, stick one finger into the soil and if the soil seems dry at one inch deep, it is time to water (sometimes the surface of the soil seems dry but below the surface the soil is wet).   Water gently.  It takes between 4-8 weeks to grow most vegetable seedlings.


For more information about gardening, contact Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Office at 216.429.8200.

Courtesy of Jacqueline Kowalski, Ohio State University Extension Educator


For more gardening tips, check out Burten, Bell, Carr Development’s Summer newsletter!

Purchase Plants for gardens at deep discounts!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Neighborhood Progress would like to extend an offer to be a part of their co-op plant buy for the 2013 growing season. For the last 2 years, Neighborhood Progress has organized co-op plant purchases of over 15,000 starts saving gardeners thousands of dollars while supporting a local grower. Neighborhood Progress organizes the purchase, works with the grower and handles distribution at no charge – Neighborhood Progress passes the full savings on to the communities they serve.


NPI is giving you and your neighbors the opportunity to buy collectively to receive deeply discounted rates. Fruits and vegetable plants are available for $7.50 a flat, each flat contains 12 plants (that’s 62 cents per plant!). The grower plants the starts in late winter meaning you will receive healthy, good sized starts for your garden in the spring.


If you would like to participate, please fill out and turn in the order form and full payment by February 1st, 2013.


There are two pick up dates to help accommodate the best time to put the plants in the ground.  You can choose when to receive your flats. Pick up dates will be Saturday, April 27th or  Saturday, June 8th (or both if you order both).

For More information, Contact:  Christa Ebert

216.453.1448 |

Want to Start a Community Garden in Cleveland?

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Summer Sprout is Cleveland’s Community Gardening Program. There are currently 175 active gardens in the program. Gardeners are able to grow nutritious food in their neighborhoods, at their churches, or places of work. If you know of a potential new garden site, or belong to an existing garden that is not currently enrolled in Summer Sprout, feel free to contact Jim Thompson at OSU Extension for more information and an application.

 Grow Nutritous Food in your Neighborhood

Be Active in your Community

Put a Vacant Lot to Good Use

Get Excercise and Fresh Air

The Summer Sprout Program is supported by the City of Cleveland Department of Community Development and managed by Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County. City of Cleveland residents and stakeholders are eligible to apply for the Sum-mer Sprout Program. Only garden sites in the City of Cleveland who fill out complete applications will be considered.

If you are interested in applying, download the application here:


Or contact Jim Thompson at OSU Extension:

Phone: 216.429.8200 x 246 Email:

Applications for the 2013 season are due September 28, 2012.


Calling all Gardeners!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Marshall Avenue needs your green thumbs!

This Saturday, May 26th

10am – 2pm

At True Gospel Church Garden –  3303 E. 93rd St.

and Marshall Ave. Garden – across from 9107 Marshall Ave.

Volunteer your time to help beautify the neighborhood.

Families and Groups are welcomed, Gardening experience encouraged, but not required.

If you are interested in helping, contact Myra Simmons @ (216) 641 – 8704

Learn Urban Gardening Skills through FreshLink!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

FreshLink Neighborhood Working Group members and community partners have joined together to present:

 FreshLink Community Garden Network

This garden network is perfect for you if you want to learn:

How to get volunteer support for your garden

• How to improve your gardening skills

(Examples: Lasagna gardening, vertical growing, season extension)

• How to apply for funding opportunities


All sessions will be held at:
FriendlyInn Settlement
2386 Unwin Road Cleveland, OH 44104
At 5:00 pm

Session 1: Starting the Growing Season Early: Season Extension – Thursday, March 22, 2012

Session 2: Intensive Gardening Methods & Techniques – Thursday, April 5, 2012

Session 3: Companion Planting – Thursday, April 19, 2012

Session 4: Bee Keeping 101 – Thursday, May 3, 2012

Session 5: Funding and skilled volunteers support for your garden – Thursday, May 17, 2012


FreshLink is a neighborhood-led effort to increase access to healthy foods in Hough, Central, East Cleveland and Buckeye-Shaker-Woodland.
To learn more about the Garden Network & other opportunities visit or call 216-368-8513.


Join the Rid-All Green Partnership and Will Allen on July 14!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Join the Rid-All Green Partnership and Will Allen
to dedicate Cleveland’s Growing Power
Environmental Science Commercial Urban
Ag riculture Training Center
July 14, 2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
East 81st Street and Otter Ave., Cleveland

This event, hosted by noted urban farmer Will Allen, will feature an interactive tour
of the center’s greenhouse, hoop houses and more, with stations on:
— Composting and soil delivery
— Crop selection, management and maintenance
— Aquaponics and the center’s connection to Growing Power
— Environmental justice and community outreach
— Plans for the Forgotten Triangle and urban agriculture
— Green in the Ghetto youth and community engagement
— Food distribution and partnerships

RSVP by July 12 at

Supporting partners include: Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation;
Sirna and Sons Produce; Sisters of Charity Health System; and Sodexo.
Rid-All Green Partnership members:
Rid-All Exterminating Corp., Growing Power,
Environmental Health Watch, PolicyBridge,
Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Green in the
Ghetto, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

The Summer Sprout Program

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Summer Sprout Program is currently accepting applications for new community gardens.  The program takes place within the City of Cleveland and is focused on nurturing community gardens to grow vegetables.  There are several Summer Sprout gardens in the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods, including E. 35th Street, E. 61st Street at Quincy Avenue, Colfax Road and Marshall Avenue.

 Summer Sprout may provide seeds, starter plants, soil, fertilizer, rototilling and educational resources to gardeners.  In order to apply one must:

  1. Be a resident of Cleveland
  2. Have legal permission to use property to garden in the City of Cleveland
  3. Have at least 5 garden members who are not all related
  4. Be willing to attend educational workshops and donate time back to the Summer Sprout Program

The deadline to submit all materials to the OSU Extension is March 19, 2010.  For more information please contact Jim Thompson, Summer Sprout Program Assistant OSU Cuyahoga County Extension at  216.429.8200 ext. 246.

Urban Harvest Garden Tour 2009 tomorrow

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Celebrate local food, community, and culture and highlight 13 community gardens and urban farms in Greater Cleveland this Saturday, August 15th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Begin at 9am at the Ben Franklin Community Garden, located behind the Ben Franklin School (1905 Spring Rd.) in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Join Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other guest speakers for an opening reception and a chance to learn about Greater Cleveland’s commitment to healthy communities.

For more information and to download a map go to

There are three great ways to see the gardens in this year’s tour. All are free and open to the public.

*Self-guided Tours
Travel at your own pace by foot, bike, or car any time between 9am and 2pm to any garden along the route. Download a map at

*Bike Tour
Bring your bike and join one of two guided rides with OSU Extension and the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. Meet at the co-op at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 15th. The bike co-op is located at 1823 Columbus Rd. in Cleveland. You can rent bikes and helmets from the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op if you don’t have your own. To reserve a spot on the free bike tour or to learn more about the routes go to

*Lolly the Trolly Tours
Hop on Lolly the Trolley! Trolleys will follow two separate 2 hour routes, each departing at 10am and 12pm and returning to Ben Franklin (seating is limited!). Trolley rides are free and open to the public.

Charlie Comella Community Garden (Cedar Ave) Ceremony

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

You’re Invited!

What: Friskers project orange thumb ribbon cutting ceremony

En joy free garden snacks and special guest!

Trinity’s cathedral/Charlie Comella Community Garden received one of 15 Friskers Project Orange Thumb Grants awarded in the U.S for 2009.

When: Sat., Aug.15 2009-2:30pm
This event will be the capstone of the O.S.U Extension/city of Cleveland Urban Harvest

Garden Tour (9am-2pm) featuring over a dozen other gardens and urban Farms.

Where: Trinity Cathedral/Charlie Comella Community Garden,
Corner of E.35 St. and Cedar Ave., Cleveland

Who: You! Experience our garden! The food we grow helps feed the hungry and we add beauty to our inner city neighborhood.


Scott Blanchard-phone: 216.749.4115 * email: