A great start to summer for ReImagining Cleveland!
On May 14th, 2012, around fifty people gathered to celebrate the ReImagining Cleveland movement at Cathedral Hall in Trinity Cathedral. Attendees included ReImagining Cleveland grantees and gardeners, friends from the OSU extension office and LAND Studio, Bob Brown, the Director of City Planning, Chris Garland, the Commissioner of Neighborhood Development.
At the dinner, Councilman Anthony Brancatelli presented a Resolution of Recognition that applauded the efforts of the ReImagining Cleveland movement, in which grassroots community leaders, community development professionals, and policy makers in Cleveland are developing innovative efforts to transform Cleveland neighborhoods.
Nature’s Bin, a longtime local food grocer, provided a delicious dinner featuring local produce and meats.
The company was fantastic and the food was delicious.
Co-op Plant Buy
The annual ReImagining Cleveland plant buy was a big success! On May 19th 2012, over 5,000 vegetable and herb starter plants were distributed to local gardeners and farmers. Neighborhood Progress Inc. organized the opportunity to buy collectively to receive deeply discounted rates on starter plants. AJ Boyerts Greenhouse, a family owned business located in Independence, Ohio, offered the plants at an affordable price and delivered them to a warehouse where ReImagining grantees and farmers met to receive their orders and share their excitement over the coming season.
ReImagining on the road
On June 1st, 2012, ten people piled in a van and headed to Detroit, MI to learn about Michigan’s most innovative urban agriculture practices. Neighborhood Progress guests included, Reimagining Round 1 and 2 market gardeners, local food advocates and representatives from the City of Cleveland Planning Department. The tour started off with a presentation overview given to us by the fabulous Ashley Atkinson from the Greening of Detroit. Since 2003, The Greening of Detroit has played a key role in Detroit’s emerging movement to achieve a ‘greener’ city while transforming their food system. Working closely with their partners in The Garden Resource Program, the Greening of Detroit has provided farming resources and educational opportunities to over 15,000 urban gardeners of all ages each year. The Greening of Detroit operates multiple urban farms and nutrition education programs across the City. We visited the Plum Street Market Garden, a production-focused market garden, and Detroit Market Garden, located in the historic Eastern Market district. We went on a walking tour of the Brightmoor neighborhood, a blighted area with a dedicated community working to turn abandoned spaces into the Brightmoor Farmway–a neighborhood wide display of gardens and public art installations. Our last visit was to D-Town Farms, run by the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Kwamena Mensah, the farm manager showed us around the 2 acre farm (soon to be over 7 acres).