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Urban Agriculture in Cleveland: Creating Jobs and Access to Healthy Food


Cleveland is focused on creating a local food economy as a key component of Mayor Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative. The City of Cleveland’s programs and policies impact all parts of a local sustainable food system including land use, production, processing, distribution, retail outlets and consumer access. A focus on local food is essential for Cleveland because of the environmental, community and economic benefits. While a focus on local food can lead to a significant improvement in air and soil quality and a reduction of the City’s carbon footprint, it also represents a sector that can increase wealth and create jobs.

A driving component of Mayor Jackson's Sustainable Cleveland initiative is Economic Development's Gardening for Greenbacks program. With the objective to develop Cleveland's local food system, Gardening for Greenbacks offers grants up to $5,000 for equipment related to growing and selling produce. This results in ensuring that residents have access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. 

For more information, please contact Anthony Stella, Project Coordinator: 216.664.4363.