Ohio City Farm
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The Ohio City Farm, one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the United States at nearly six acres, exists to provide fresh, local and healthy food to Cleveland’s underserved residents, boost the local food economy, and educate the community about the importance of a complete food system. While it boasts stunning views of the Cleveland skyline, the farm is a welcome break in the typical urban landscape.
Ohio City Farm is jointly managed by Ohio City Incorporated, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and the tenants who work the land. Providing the needed resources, land and support to sustain successful ventures for urban farmers, the partnership further positions Ohio City as a key component in Cleveland’s regional food system.
Between the months of June and November, residents are encouraged to visit the Ohio City Farm stand to purchase and enjoy the harvest. The farmstand is located on the corner of West 24th Avenue and Bridge Street and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.
Initiatives are generously supported by the City of Cleveland, Charter One Foundation, Councilman Joe Cimperman, Cleveland Public Art, Cleveland Food Rocks, Dinner in the Dark, The George Gund Foundation, Neighborhood Progress Inc., Thomas C. & Sandra S. Sullivan Foundation, Time Warner Cable and the private investment of each tenant.
The 2012 season for the Ohio City Farm proved to be a considerable success as the value of the produce on the farm increased 151% since the 2011 season. The success can also be seen in the addition of improvements to the farm like the construction of an iron gate, new wooden fences, and the installation four hoop houses which serve the purpose of extending the growing season.
CMHA Green Teams include residents from various housing estates who participate in a work-study program, led by Landscape Specialist Brittany Barski, who works with residents interested in urban farming and gardening. Residents learn the skills to cultivate healthy soil, organic planting methods and harvest schedules that will lay a foundation to one day allow residents to start their own farms.
Central Roots is a for-profit market farm with locations on the East and West side of Cleveland, and was founded in the summer of 2010 by Sarah Sampsell, Matthew Pietro, and Todd Alexander. This one acre site produces a mixture of produce from beans and beets, to pumpkins and spinach. The site is home to a High Tunnel Hoop House that will give Central Roots the ability to extend its growing season and sell for more months out of the year.
Cleveland Crops is an agricultural training and workforce development enterprise established by Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Its purpose is to create employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. This entrepreneurial venture grows and sells fresh fruits and vegetables, bringing healthy food choices to the local Cleveland market.
Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC), comprised of a brewery and a brewpub and located right around the corner from Ohio City Farm, was founded in 1988 by brothers Pat and Dan Conway as the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio. The Ohio City Farm is GLBC’s second farming venture after Pint Size Farm at Hale Farm and Village (established in 2008) in support of their triple bottom line: environmental, social and economic prosperity.
The Refugee Response (TRR) empowers refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities. The Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program (REAP), an initiative of the Refugee Response, nourishes the community with local food and empowers resettled refugee trainees in Northeast Ohio providing them with employment, education, and training.