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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!

Join Us Saturday October 26 as we make a difference

Monday, October 21st, 2013

BBC is presenting two FREE events that are sure to strengthen neighbors. We cordially invite you to attend both events, focused around food in the Kinsman Neighborhood. All ages are welcomed!

Saturday, October 26

9 a.m. till 11 a.m. join us as we work to protect the health of our community orchard. We will build trellis’ for the berry bushes that residents planted in spring, as well as additional upkeep. The Four Corners Orchard is a space for the community to relax and pick their own fruit, so please join us.

This event has been made possible thanks to ServeOhio and Cleveland Job Corps. for Make-A-Difference-Day.

11:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. we are celebrating Food Day with Cleveland Housing Network! This is your opportunity to discuss food with neighbors, and tell your stories around food. Then, we will have lunch prepared by Chef Pat LeGrand, from A Touch of Sugar.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities to strengthen our community!

R.S.V.P. to Julia @ 216-341-1455

Hough Can Can! Free Canning Classes

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Join City Rising Farm for a FREE, hands-on class to learn to can.

You will learn to preserve fresh produce, extending the lifespan, and quality.

You will save money on your food bill!

Get to know other residents in Hough.

Hough residents, students, employees and community gardeners are eligible to attend.

Everything need to learn to can, including fresh food, will be provided.

Spots are limited, so R.S.V.P., A.S.A.P!

 

Event will be at Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center

8611 Hough Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44106

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

2-4p.m. Salsa

5-7p.m. Jams & Jellies

 

For more info or to register please contact:

City Rising Farm

216-376-3640

info@cityrisingfarm.com

www.cityrisingfarm.com

Immediately: Five Job Openings with BBC, Gardener & Supervisor

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

PART-TIME JOB DESCRIPTIONS (2)

 

POSITION TITLE:  GARDENER

 

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

There are four gardening positions available for a project at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Metro Campus.  Gardeners will be responsible for planting, growing, and harvesting fruits and vegetable in three large beds at Tri-C’s Metro Campus.  This is a part-time seasonal job with 15-20 hours per week from June 17th through mid-October.  Prefer gardening experience, but not required.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES VARY BUT MAY INCLUDE:

  • Garden maintenance (i.e. weeding, planting, grooming, and harvesting produce)
  • Any additional relevant tasks that is required
  • Removal of old plants
    • Must provide own transportation to gardening site

 

IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS:

  • Good work ethic
  • Desire to learn new skills
  • Willingness to get dirty
  • Must be able and willing to work outside in all types of weather
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Willingness to work on weekends

 

COMPENSATION:

Gardeners will be paid $10.00 per hour.

 

HOW TO APPLY:   

Fill out an application at BBC’s office or submit your resume via email only to: Sherita Mullins, smullins@bbcdevelopment.org.  Please feel free to call with questions at (216) 341-1455.

 

 

POSITION TITLE:  SITE SUPERVISOR

 

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

There is one Site Supervisor position available for a gardening project at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Metro Campus.  Gardeners will be responsible for planting, growing, and harvesting fruits and vegetable in three large beds at Tri-C’s Metro Campus.  This is a part-time seasonal job with 15-20 hours per week from June 17th through mid-October.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES VARY BUT WILL INCLUDE:

  • Garden maintenance (i.e. weeding, planting, grooming, and harvesting produce)
  • Any additional relevant tasks that is required
  • Removal of old plants
  • Equipment management
  • Submit employee time-sheets
  • Record keeping
    • Must provide own transportation to gardening site

 

IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS:

  • Must have previous gardening experience and plant knowledge
  • Leadership skills
  • Good work ethic
  • Desire to learn new skills
  • Willingness to get dirty
  • Must be able and willing to work outside in all types of weather
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • May include occasional weekends

 

COMPENSATION:

The pay for this position is $14.00 per hour.

 

HOW TO APPLY   

Fill out an application at BBC’s office or submit your resume via email only to: Sherita Mullins, smullins@bbcdevelopment.org.  Please feel free to call with questions at (216) 341-1455.

 

 

Innovation Series: Urban Farming @ Cornucopia Place

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Social Venture Partners invites you to the Social Innovation Series, with monthly conversations about positive change in Cleveland and a showcase of innovative solutions to problems are community faces.

This month, Urban Farming: How growing fresh food can transform a neighborhood and a city in a changing landscape. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Speakers Keymah Durden, III, one of three co-founders of Rid-All Green Partnership, and Angela Park, founder/executive director of Diversity Matters in Vermont.

6:30 p.m. – networking, appetizers, wine and soft drinks

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Panel and discussion

This event is free. Click here to register.

Call for Volunteers 5/18: Free Tickets

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Ready to make a difference in your community? Join us Saturday May 18, from 10am to 2pm to install backyard gardens.

No green thumb?

No problem! We are transporting mobile gardens in a bag and planting seedlings and seeds. There will be knowledgeable staff on hand. Gardens will be in the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods.

Lunch is provided. Also, there is the opportunity to get Free Tribe tickets!

Call to action: Make Central and Kinsman Healthy and Green

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Volunteer with us Saturday, May 18 to deliver backyard gardens to 50 families in Cleveland’s Central & Kinsman neighborhoods.

  • Deliver raised garden beds, vegetable seedlings, recipe and care books, and watering cans to participating families.
  • Help the families set up the gardens and plant the vegetable seedlings.
  • Train each household on how to maintain their new gardens.

Volunteering will take place Saturday, May 18 from 10am to 2pm, and we will meet at Bridgeport Place, 7201 Kinsman Rd.

Please bring work gloves.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Zenobia Lane at 216-341-1455, or zlane@bbcdevelopment.org

 

Green Corps Youth Program

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Green Corps urban agriculture youth program provides summer employment for high school students age 15-18. As an agricultural based work-study program, Green Corps youth learn to grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs on three acres of urban land under the supervision of experienced staff. Produce is harvested and sold at local farmer’s markets and within the neighborhoods of the learning farms. Student employees will work at one of five urban farms located throughout the city.

You can earn a paycheck and save money!

You can make new friends!

You can learn about gardening, agriculture, and healthy living and cooking!

You can do anything you put your mind to!

You can have a fun summer job!

You can work and make a positive difference in your community!

The Facts:

  • Green Corps is a seasonal work-study program for high school youth in Cleveland.
  • Work in a learning farm- planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting plants.
  • Harvest and package produce for sale at markets, restaurants, and neighborhood residents.
  • June 13th orientation
  • Minimum wage
  • Application deadline March 18, 2013

For an application, come by our office, or give us a call to receive one electronically.

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 | cebert@npi-cle.org

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:

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu/top-stories/summer-sprout-is-currently-accepting-applications-for-new-garden-sites-for-2013

 

Or contact Jim Thompson at OSU Extension:

Phone: 216.429.8200 x 246 Email: Thompson.1608@osu.edu

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