Archive for ‘gardening’

Learn About Urban Farming on Cleveland’s East Side

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Learn about all the urban farming that is happening on Cleveland’s east side, specifically in Kinsman and Central!

Read this article that discusses the urban farms on the east side of Cleveland including the Ka-La Healing Garden, Rid-All Green Partnership, and the our very own Kinsman Farm.

While there is no official definition of an urban farm, Cleveland, by some estimates, is considered the second largest urban farming city in the U.S.!

Join in the growing movement and support your local urban farm!!

World Series of Play: Game 2 at Hillside Park tomorrow!

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Join us at Hillside Park November 5, 2016 from 1-4pm to enjoy the park!

Come and join the conversation about future plans for the park. Learn how to build and create a piece that could be an addition to the park! All ages welcome!

See you there!

37th Annual American Community Gardening Association Conference

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

“Cleveland Growing Strong”

The 37th Annual meeting of the American Community Gardening Association Conference will be held in Cleveland this year!

The ACGA annual conference brings together individuals who are active in all aspects of gardening from across the United States, Canada, and abroad. The conference includes hands-on workshops, presentations, poster sessions, keynote speakers, and visits to community gardens, urban agriculture sites, food security projects, and other green space in Cleveland.

Date: August 4-7 2016

Where: Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH

Price: $320-360 (Includes everything from Thursday Welcome Dinner through Sunday’s Keynote, does not include pre-conference or post-conference)

Youth conference (ages 12-21) includes seminars and a business or cooking competition (price: $75, scholarships available)


Questions? Email or call 1-877-ASK-ACGA

Register at:

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 //


CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information:

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