City Rising Farm
is located in the heart of Cleveland Ohio.
Our mission is to help people in underserved communities learn to grow fresh local food and build healthy long lasting relationships with each other so they can use those skills and relationships to create opportunities in their own neighborhoods.
The first location we are working in is the Hough Neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland. Our first project was developing a community garden. After much discourse around the subject of land use we broke ground on the Blaine Avenue Community Garden on June 12, 2010.
Residents and community partners came together and cleaned up the lot, built and filled raised beds and enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with shared work and vision.
In the coming months we will be developing programming and relationships that will encourage new relationships and opportunities and enhance those already established.
A photo history of our journey can be found at the following link. https://picasaweb.google.com/117417241875462723468
We can be reached at email address email@example.com or phone number 216-376-3640.
Read...It feeds your mind!
CLA Celebrates Learning!
I was very fortunate to be invited to the Citizens Leadership Academy's Celebration of Learning on December 16, 2012. I didn't know what to expect but boy oh boy was I so pleasantly surprised!!
The students, our young leaders in training gave us a tour of how they engaged the community. They visited community gardens, took a bike riding course and then rode through the neighborhood, learned the art process through silk screening, self reflection, writing, and film making. Yes, I said film making. All of the visitors, parents, friends and community partners were treated to a video about the experiences of these young leaders from August through December of this year. Wow, I was blown away by their creativity! You will be too. See it at the link below.
Through these experiences the “crews” as they call themselves because “everyone works, no one rides” were able to meet the people in the community and bring back ideas for projects they could implement. Kudos to the many community partners who took the time to work with our young leaders.
The crews are preparing to start a learning lab garden at their school. They have researched and prepared the grant proposal themselves. They’ve gotten it all down, from soil testing to budget to garden design. They interviewed community partners from the neighborhood and are ready to go. I’ve no doubt that they will succeed because they have all that it takes, wonderful teachers, administrators, community partners, enthused, engaged parents and their own personal desires for success!
I’m looking forward to the next Celebration of Learning! If you were unable to attend this year enjoy the photos at the following links.