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3.25-acre hydroponic greenhouse in the Central Cleveland

Green City Growers Cooperative

5800 Diamond Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44104

Green City Growers Cooperative, Inc. is a 3.25-acre leafy greens, hydroponic greenhouse in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland, OH. The greenhouse, which officially opened on February 25th, 2013, has 15,000 square feet of packinghouse and office space, and is currently producing Bibb lettuce, green leaf lettuce, gourmet lettuces and basil.

Jan 22, 2013: Starting next month, you could have some Cleveland winter lettuce with that sandwich.

That’s when Green City Growers Cooperative, a worker-owned business, expects to harvest its first crops from one of the largest urban greenhouses in the country, a 3 1/4-acre hydroponic operation off East 55th Street in the city’s Central neighborhood.

Mary Donnell, chief executive officer of Green City, said she’s had interest from potential customers, including Heinen’s supermarkets and distributors who supply restaurants and food service operations in Northeast Ohio. Customers will be able to choose from green leaf, butterhead and red lettuces, and a variety of tender herbs.

Link to Green City Growers.

1 comment

1 justin husher { 04.25.13 at 6:13 am }

On a surface level, this greenhouse is super exciting; but if you talk to the workers, you’ll find out that the “living wage” is less than $20K. Allegedly, the production manager gets on the workers’ case, if they take 11 minute, instead of 10 minute breaks. Also, GCG is at about 10% capacity and is throwing away (not composting) 90% of yields. The workers are worked so hard that very few of them will reach their vestment period to be a full-fledged co-op member and subsequently get a payout. They use styrofoam packaging. This is smoke and mirrors. It is sad.